Saturday, March 7, 2015

Review: Red Queen






Title: Red Queen
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Release Date: February 10th, 2015
Publisher: Orion
Pages: 320
Rating: 5 Cows
 
 
 Goodreads Description:  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.
 
 
HOLY GUACAMOLE was this book good. I’ve been on a big fantasy kick lately, and after finishing the first 3 books in the Throne of Glass series by Sara J. Maas, I didn’t think I’d enjoy another fantasy series just as much as TOG.  And then came Red Queen! Boy was I wrong!
First off, I really enjoyed the whole concept of silver blood and red blood defining your social class.  It was neat to see how this played out in the book, with silver bloods being royalty.  Also, let’s not forget the powers all the silver bloods have!  Being born silver blood in this world, means you are gifted with a unique power.  There’s silver bloods with the gift to control water and earth around them (referred to as nymphs), strongbows who are powerfully built silver bloods with super strength abilities, and even silver bloods able to control elements, such as fire.  When I think of royalty, and how it is typically portrayed in fairy tales and stories, I think of them as weak and overprivledged individuals.  And while yes, the silver bloods have an abundance of wealth and are quite full of themselves, there’s more to them than just frivolous parties and gallivanting around.  The courting scene, when silver blood girls from neighboring kingdoms come to try and impress Prince Cal, was one of my favorites.  Rather than dance and focus on their looks, in this society the girl with the best power will win the favor of the prince.  I love the representation and focus on strong and independent females in the book.  You could be the least attractive suitor to the prince, and if your talents/powers were the best, you would still be picked by the prince for marriage.  I always love a good lesson in YA, and I think girls everywhere can benefit from just this factor of the book alone.  Ladies, there’s more to life than just looks!  Remember that!
I feel it fair that I should warn you, there is a love trope in this book.  BUT it isn’t your typical love trope, and while I can’t get into the details without giving much away, I will say the ending will throw you for a loop.  Although I have little patience for books with love tropes in them lately, finding out there was one in this story did not take away from it in the least for me.  In fact, this trope felt almost necessary for the events in the story to happen the way they did.  Without it, there would be little plot to Red Queen that could stand on its own. 
One last thing I want to mention.  THAT ENDING THOUGH! For those of you who have read this already, you know exactly what I mean.  I honestly did not see any of that coming, and when it did, I literally had to set down my book for a few minutes just to process what was going on.   I was in shock! Needless to say, I am anxiously anticipating the next book in the series, and it cannot come soon enough!  For a debut novel, this was simply fantastic!  Great work Victoria Aveyard! 


Emily

6 comments:

  1. I absolutely loved this book! It was so amazing and I have definitely added it to my list of favorite books ever!

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  2. i'm glad to hear you liked it as well Stacey! thanks for checking out my review!!

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  3. I've heard mixed things about this book. it seems to be one that people either love or hate. I'm glad to hear you loved it. I am waiting for my library to get a copy in that I can borrow.
    Kristin @ Book Sniffers Anonymous

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    1. i did too! at first i was a little worried, because all the reviews i read were 3's or 4's, but i'm glad i decided to read it anyways because i loved it! and i got to meet Victoria Aveyard; she was super friendly! thanks for reading my review Kristin! i hope you enjoy it just as much as i did!

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  4. Oh YAY! I have this book on my shelf, and I am really looking forward to reading it! I'd heard a few not so great reviews, and I got worried, but this gives me hope! And I don't mind a love trope, especially if it fits with the story (which it definitely sounds like this one does)! GREAT review, you have me very excited to read this now :)
    Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

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    1. i say give it a go! i read a few reviews that were mixed as well, and they said all the hype wasn't worth it, but honestly i really loved this book! and i'm pretty picky when it comes to fantasy (because I read alot of it). thanks for reading my review Shannon! i hope you enjoy it just as much as i did!

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