RED QUEEN BY VICTORIA AVEYARD - BOOK REVIEWviernes, mayo 13, 2016
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard has this cover that just immediately caught my attention: The bloody crown which is totally symbolic to the book because the color of blood matters and the tagline which is ‘POWER IS A DANGEROUS GAME’. Red Queen is the fantasy that I’ve been searching for. It took the best elements from all our favourites tales and smushed them into one phenomenal book with an equally addictive storyline.
Red Queen takes place in a fantasy setting where people are divided into different groups, depending on the colour of their blood. The silver blooded are blessed with extraordinary powers and live in the lap of luxury, whilst those with red blood are victims of extreme poverty and are treated as inferiors to the Silvers.
Mare Barrow is a highly agile pickpocket. It’s the only means with which she can support her family. But time is running out. Like her brothers, she sees a future of conscription for herself. Her 18th birthday is looming and without a job to pardon her, she is set to enter the frontline. The thought of war, the thought of leaving her sweet, innocent sister behind, the thought of waving goodbye to her parents.. scares her.
When Mare discovers she has an ability of her own, her entire world gets flipped upside down. She finds herself thrown in the middle of intrigue-fueled Silver court, forced to play the role of a long lost Silver princess and betrothed to Silver King's son. With the Scarlet Guard becoming more and more aggressive, the full-on rebellion is fast approaching. The fate of the entire kingdom depends on the choices she'll make. And one bad decision can lead to a massacre.
The start of the book was a rather slow go for me. The world building took longer than usual and it was a good 80? pages in before I became completely immersed in this world. But once we got through the basics, the story started to flow and I couldn't get enough!
For the first novel in a series, Red Queen is a fantastic debut which makes me extremely enthusiastic about the rest of the books to come. The character of Mare was such a joy to discover and unravel. She was so much more than what she seemed at the beginning.
I really enjoyed this book and there were actually two plot twists that I didn’t see coming at all and I usually can pick them up. The author impressed me in that way. I enjoyed Aveyard’s writing, it reminds me of a mix of Game of Thrones, Divergent, The Hunger Games and The Selection. I like that in some of her writing, she seems to mix the old with the new. I thought all of the characters were pretty well developed, from Mare’s family and her friend Kilorn, to the Silver royal family. While there were a couple slow parts, the pacing overall was good enough to keep me engaged. For those of you who are still on the fence about this one, I definitely recommend that you finally pick it up! I don't think you'll be disappointed.
Join the Red Guard, and rise as red as dawn!