Saturday, May 16, 2015

Book Review | Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen (Red Queen#1)

Author: Victoria Aveyard
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Publisher: HarperTeen
Page Number: 383
Genre: Dystopian
Publication Date: February 10, 2015
Synopsis from Goodreads: 
MARE BARROW'S WORLD IS DIVIDED BY BLOOD—those with red and those with silver. Mare and her family are lowly Reds, destined to serve the Silver elite whose supernatural abilities make them nearly gods. Mare steals what she can to help her family survive, but when her best friend is conscripted into the army she gambles everything to win his freedom. A twist of fate leads her to the royal palace itself, where, in front of the king and all his nobles, she discovers a power of her own—an ability she didn't know she had. Except... her blood is Red.

To hide this impossibility, the king forces her into 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 her new position to aid the Scarlet Guard—the leaders of a Red rebellion. Her actions put into motion a deadly and violent dance, pitting prince against prince—and Mare against her own heart.

From debut author Victoria Aveyard comes a lush, vivid fantasy series where loyalty and desire can tear you apart and the only certainty is betrayal.

My Review:
I will admit something. I did fall into the hype, that's typical for me. But for some reason, I enjoyed this hyped book. A lot.
And let me ramble.  
Red Queen follows a girl named Mare (I hate her hame. She deserves something more kickassy), and they live in this world divided by blood type. Yup. And don't you get all sciencey on me, with the A type blood and B and whatever nonsense. This is COLORS. People have SILVER blood. Isn't that cool? Anyways, the people with red blood are normal, like us, but people with Silver blood? 
They have powers. 

Anyways, this book intrigued me from the very start. Mare is a thief, trying to help her family, who are Reds, survive. I don't know, but I just love thieves and assassins. They always have such complex characters and harsh background stories. It drew me in from the first page, and it was WORTH having stayed up until 11PM and not doing my stupid math homework until I got to the bus. 

That's another thing. Aveyard's writing is ADDICTING. I'm not saying it's beautiful and lyrical, but addicting. Trust me, you won't be able to put this down. 

Action. This book is jammed with action, especially the beginning. It kept me thumping and bumping and worrying and screaming and feels. You never know what Mare is going to do. Because that's just what Mare does. She does whatever she does, and you just have to go along with it, because you're a reader, and you'd probably die in the world.

Romance. A love triangle. Le sigh. Actually, Mare has like three guys. I was always Team Cal, because I didn't really like Maven. I feel like the romance was sort of cliche, not really anything special, except a few mysterious secrets.

And the cover, because I HAVE to talk about this beautiful cover. The contrasted colors, red and blue, just work so well on this cover, and the crown is gorgeous, and there's BLOOD. Even my sister, who doesn't give a shit about book, admitted it was pretty. 

Final Rating: 



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