Review of Red Queen

Posted February 15, 2015 by Stormi in Book Reviews / 8 Comments

Review of Red Queen

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Published by HarperTeen on Feb. 10th
Pages: 400
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss


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.

First Line

I hate First Friday. It makes the village crowded and now, in the heat of summer, that’s the last thing anyone wants.

What I thought of this book

I was really hoping to be wowed by this one because a lot of bloggers I know really enjoyed it but it just didn’t hit the mark.

Mare is a Red which means that she has red blood. Those that rule are Silver and they have silver blood. If your lucky and get an apprenticeship and learn a trade then you don’t have to go into the army and go to war. The war is a never ending war that just really kills Reds because they are the ones with their lives on the line. Mare is head towards Conscription which means she doesn’t have an apprenticeship. Her friend Kilorn had a job but lost it and is now heading towards the front line.

Mare wants to fix things if she can get enough money rounded up to save Kilorn and herself everything would be fine. But a serious of events due to things that she does sets her life in a different direction. She finds herself working at the Hall and while their discovers that she is not like any other Red, she has Silver abilities.

The King and Queen think they can use her to help further their cause against Reds and the Scarlet Guards.

It’s a wicked game they are all playing and no one is to be trusted. Mare finds this out the hard way. Mare is a decent character she is tough, and a bit sassy. Some times that gets her into a bit of trouble.

Not sure what type of love triangle this was starting out to be but I was beginning to think she was going to fall for every guy she met. Kilorn, Cal, Maven I could never really tell which one of those I might have liked by the end I think I might have figured it

The story ran a little slow for me up until about the last 20% or so and then that is where all the good action, etc is. It is that last part that put my rating up .5 instead of a straight 3 star. I was really getting a bit bored with the story and it reminded me a little too much of Pawn by Aimee Carter. I know some others make references to Selections but I haven’t read that one. But because it reminded me so much of  Pawn I couldn’t get into the story as much as I hoped too.

The part I really enjoyed about the story is the Silver abilities and Mares ability. It’s like they are super human and I found that interesting. The writing is decent and I think it was a good attempt at a debut novel.  It ends leaving you wanting to know what will happen next and even though I wasn’t wowed I will probably try the next book to see what happens.

If your into Dystopian fantasy type novels then you might like this one.

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8 responses to “Review of Red Queen

    • Stormi

      I liked Pawn okay but I didn’t want to read another book like it. I think If I would have read Red Queen first I might have liked it more.

  1. Great review. I had similar feelings about this one. It’s good but I was hoping to be blown away. There seems to be this trend in YA Fantasy that they use a dystopian world as the backdrop and this one felt like a that to me. I also felt like it was a bit slow (and honestly confusing) until the last bit which almost made me forget how much I didn’t like the beginning.

  2. I have been hesitating about Red Queen for a while, Stormi, and I think I’ll just keep on hesitating for a while longer 😉 Not sure I’d enjoy this, and there are so many books on my kindle – I have no idea how I can have more COYER books now than I had when COYER started in December…

    Have a great weekend my friend.

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