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Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen 
by Victoria Aveyard

Publisher: HarperTeen
Publish Date: February 10, 2015
383 Pages
Series: Red Queen #1
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Sci-Fi

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.

My Review:

I haven't read a YA, fantasy, sci-fi book in quite some time and I think that helps as this is nothing too original to this genre.  We find ourselves in a typical story line of a girl who comes from the "wrong side of the tracks", i.e. she's a Red, who meets a mysterious boy (can you see already where this is going?).  Finds herself in "better" circumstances due to said boy just for a mysterious power to arrive and ZOOM, let's get going.  Yes there's a bit of a love triangle, yes she's moody and unpredictable and you want to slap her at times.  Buttttt  YESSSSS there are powers!! The Silvers have abilities, which make them "better" and here we have the divide. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN SOMETHING UNEXPECTED OCCURS?! OH THE MUTALITY OF IT ALL.  *wink*

I absolutely loved this book at the beginning, all the predictable events and all.  Why? Because I just love these types of reads.  I'll admit though that it did lose a bit of the shine during the last half.  *shrug*  Look y'all, I know what to expect from these types of reads so while it is nice to find some originality once in a while, I read this for entertainment.   And this one definitely did entertain.  Was I wowed? No.  Was I having fun with it? Yes.  Do I want lightning power?  YES!  

I'll definitely read book 2 as I'm curious where this will go but that book will determine whether I continue fully with the series.  

Huge thank you to Danielle (@bookishrhetor) and Bev (@theconstantvoice) for this buddy read.  Even if it took 3 years to get there, right Bev?  hahaha


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