Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard | Book Review

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard | Book ReviewRed Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Series: Red Queen Trilogy #1
Published by Orion on February 10th 2015
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy & Magic
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover

The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.

To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.

Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of
those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.

But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?

What I thoughtRed Queen was a good read. It was a good read, but if I’m being really honest I’d say that I expected it to be better in advance. I guess that’s just the problems with hypes. I was already anticipating this book, but with the hype surrounding it, maybe my expectations were a bit too high going in. However, it was definitely enjoyable! And a great start to a very promising series!

The beginning fell a bit flat for me. It was good, but it wasn’t original. I felt like it was the beginning to a story that I’d already read before. Lot’s of dystopian aspects that have been used many times before. At times it felt a bit Hunger Games-ish or the Selection-ish. Which was a pity. The thing is, I’d expected the entire book to BLOW me away. So when it started off a bit ‘meh’ I was really disappointed. It was when I got deeper into the world of the Silvers View Spoiler » the story became everything I wanted it to be.

I soaked up everything about the Red and Silver society: the different kinds of magic, the life at court, as well as the political aspect within the story. It was interesting and original and I was completely sucked into the story.

I liked the characters. I liked how strong Mare was, and even though she found herself in a horrible situation, she kept going. She had to pretend to be somebody she was not, but keeps true to herself at the same time. She wasn’t willing to let go of who she really was and where she came from. and that made for a really strong character. The other characters were really well crafted as well.

The romance was carefully constructed. This kind of romance could have easily become cliché, but thank god that didn’t happen. View Spoiler »

I must say that one of the strongest features of Red Queen were thee enthralling plot twists and turns. Throughout the story it is repeated several times that “anyone can betray anyone” and that couldn’t be more true. Whenever I got to a point where I thought I knew how the story was going to unfold I was thrown for another loop left thinking that I was wrong. And that ending! It was mind-numbing. So good!

Final verdict IRISJEXX!Red Queen and I got off to a rocky start, but I am so glad that it turned around. Aside from the beginning, this book was mostly what I hoped it would be. The political tension, magic powers, good characters, and a GREAT PLOT! It was a good and solid start to a very promising series, and I can’t wait to see where the story will go next.


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  1. 05/03/2015 / 00:37

    I think the “anyone can betray anyone” quote is what made me figure out the twist. Seriously, everytime I saw that line, I was so annoyed because the twist is becoming more obvious. I thought that this book was similar to other dystopian/fantasy books as well which made me feel a bit disappointed. I will still read the sequel, but I’m sad that this book did NOT blew me away.

    • Iris
      05/03/2015 / 12:58

      Yeah I get that. It made it easy to figure out the plot twist, especially since it was repeated so much. However, whenever I thought I’d figured it out, I ended up thinking I was wrong. And then I got suspicious again… and was thrown for another loop. Sighs. It was killing. I’m just very happy things picked up after the beginning… which fell flat.

  2. 08/03/2015 / 17:47

    I agree, the twists and turns really made this book work for me. There was something interesting about it and I think it’s a great set-up for more!

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