Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard Review

by Victoria Aveyard

rqTitle: Red Queen

Author: Victoria Aveyard

Publisher: Orion

Format: eBook

Publication Date: February 10, 2015

Overall: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Edelweiss

The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.

To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.

Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of
those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.

But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?



This book is going to be the next big thing of 2015. It should be. It was unique, I’ve read a lot of reviews that have compared it to all sorts of different types of books. Shadow and Bone, Hunger Games, The Selection, it’s getting these comparison’s because it’s really nothing like the rest although there seem to be familiar elements at work. There’s also not a damn love triangle, get to the end. You’ll see what I mean.


I liked Mare, she was abrasive and kind of mean, even in her own head. I’ve started really hating these characters that have such vulnerable cores, but are so tough. Mare isn’t one of these. She loves her family and her friends, that’s as far as her vulnerability goes. She doesn’t want people to die, but she understands the necessity and as much as she dislikes it she’s willing to make sacrifices. She’s sick and tired of being under the Silvers, and wants nothing more than to help her people be free.


There’s a scene at the end that just absolutely gutted me. I won’t say anymore otherwise when you go to read the book it will become quite obvious. Needless to say, my heart hurts for these characters, all of them. None of the characters is perfect, they all have their flaws and are naive in some ways.


The powers are interesting and really set this book apart. I can see why people are comparing it to Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, but I think that does both of the books disservice. Powers aside, there really isn’t anything else that is remotely similar about these two series. Even the powers and power structure are completely different.


There was an interesting twist in this book that I didn’t see coming, and I think it really adds to the story. It’s clear where the love interest and ultimately the series is going to go, but this first book was very different. I’m already very invested in this series, and I will probably by a hard copy of this book, and the rest of the series. That’s how good I think it’s going to be. 5 out of 5 stars!



**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**


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