RED QUEEN by Victoria AveyardRed Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Series: Red Queen Trilogy #1
Published by Harper Collins on February 10th 2015
Pages: 400
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Royalty, Young Adult
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Graceling meets The Selection in debut novelist Victoria Aveyard's sweeping tale of seventeen-year-old Mare, a common girl whose once-latent magical power draws her into the dangerous intrigue of the king's palace. Will her power save her or condemn her?

Mare Barrow's world is divided by blood—those with common, Red blood serve the Silver- blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. Before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own.

To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard—a growing Red rebellion—even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays, the only certainty is betrayal.

I finally got to read Red Queen! Now that I have read this, I am glad I bought this. I read this whole book in about 5 hours. I could not put it down and was a bit sad when it ended. I was drawn in by; the awesome cover, the reviews I have read from the bloggers I stalk, and the fact that it seemed an elusive book I couldn’t get an ARC for. I really hate when I want a book and can’t get it.

The good: Great character building. I really enjoyed getting to meet Mara and her family. I even got attached to her absent brothers. When they introduced the Silvers into the mix I was really intrigued. Silvers are royalty with powers divided by bloodline. Some Silver bloodlines can throw elements like water or fire, and some can control minds. Then the Reds, (the protagonist and her family), have no superpowers and the Silvers do. That explains why the Silvers rule with and iron fist. Basically because they can. Maven and his brother Cal are well written as well. I liked Maven at first and felt bad for him. I kinda still do. All of the antagonists in Red Queen were well written. The Queen Elara is wickedly driven in her lust for power, as are all the Silvers.

This book was only written in Mara’s first person, which made figuring out who was playing who a but more interesting. The world building in this book was brilliant. I haven’t read a fantasy I could picture so vividly in quite a while. I don’t remember gobs of details in the writing, just scenes laid out in Mara’s mind. Mara is new to the Silver lifestyle and makes comparisons to her own home. The differences are eye opening and help the reader to understand where Mara is coming from. The training and fighting in this book were so cool. I loved that Mara is not flawless in every fight. The superpowers these characters exhibit made me really jealous. I wish I could throw fire, or water, or control metal with my mind.

The bad: Although I was very happy reading this book, Red Queen was not without flaws. Mostly the problem with this book is that not everyone loved it. People, why?

Conclusion: I don’t care to compare books to each other, it is just not my style. I don’t think this is a copycat book or that the story line was played out like another book. Having said that, I think that this book, for me, was just as engrossing and all consuming as when I read Hunger Games. I read the Hunger Games trilogy in three days, ignoring all of my own needs. I felt a compulsion to keep reading the series. Red Queen makes me feel like that. I really, really, really liked it. I can not wait for the next book to come out.

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About Victoria Aveyard

After growing up in small town Massachusetts, Victoria Aveyard attended the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. She graduated with a BFA in Screenwriting, which is exactly the degree being sought after in a recession.

She tries her best to combine her love of history, explosions, and butt-kicking heroines in her writing. Her hobbies include the impossible task of predicting what happens next in A Song of Ice and Fire, road trips, and burning through Netflix.

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