Review: Red Queen – Victoria Aveyard

 

Review: Red Queen – Victoria AveyardThe Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Series: Red Queen #1
Published by Harper Teen
Published: February 12th 2015
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three-half-stars

This is a world divided by blood - red or silver.The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.Fearful of Mare's potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance - Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart . . .

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

I’ve been informed that I am now a fantasy reader. Honestly, I’m not sure how it happened, but it did, so now I have a whole bunch more books to potential love. What does that have to do with Red Queen? Well, I wasn’t originally planning to read it. I had seen the gorgeous cover, I mean look at that thing!, and kind of passed it by. But then I became a fantasy reader and changed my mind. I picked it up and became intrigued, but not hooked. Then at about 50%, I become hooked and by 70% I needed to see how it would all end. And end it did.

Red Queen is the story of Mare, a girl living in a world separated by blood color. Reds are the lower class disposable class that is sent to fight the war on the front lines while Silvers are the noble blood with powers and money. Mare has only known Red her whole life. That is her life and she knows this. That is until something that happens that brings Mare into the world of Silvers. That makes Mare and anomaly amongst all the people. Mare has powers too. Powers that a Red shouldn’t have. Now hiding in plain sight of the royal family Mare has one thing to protect, and that is herself. One wrong move and everything can come tumbling down. Too bad her heart might say something else.

There were parts of Red Queen that I didn’t like so much. I found some of the story to be a little rushed at places. There just wasn’t enough background at times as the plot moved on. I also was slightly confused by Mare. She has these powers that are new and she doesn’t even have trouble controlling them or be afraid to use them. It just didn’t seem likely to me that she would just take to it and not be a fish out of water. Sure she was standoffish at times, but still, something felt off. I also wasn’t 100% sold on the Hunger Games/Divergent vibe at the end. It didn’t seem to naturally fit the rest of the story.

But there were parts of Red Queen that I really liked. First was that it didn’t go 100% as I expected in the beginning. Based off of the description I pictured a different book with a super clichéd plot. But I was surprised when it took a different kind of twist. It made it seem a little fresher and new which I appreciated. I also liked the distinct division between the classes. I always find that to be such a fascinating point in society and books. And I also liked the boys in the story. Good or evil, I was entertained by them and curious which way they were going to go and who they really were to the plot.

Even with the stuff, I didn’t like, I still found a pretty addictive story. There were parts, like the last half of the book, that the action was raised to the nth level and I loved that. And that end was definitely a doozy. I’m definitely curious where the author will go with this in the next book and how the rest of this story of class lines and deceit will play out in the end. Definitely, one to give a chance to at some point in time.

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Challenge Updates: January Check-in

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Along with my Goodreads Challenge (you can find my progress on the side bar) I also challenged myself to 2 other challenges for 2015. Every month I will check in with my challenge updates.

Re-Read Challenge

Back in December I signed up for The Re-Read Challenge hosted by Belle of the Literati and So Obsessed With. Honestly I didn’t expect this to be a problem and so far it hasn’t. I’m on track to reach my goal of 12-14 books without a hitch. My January reads:
AnnaandtheFrenchKissbyStephaniePerkins

Title: Anna and the French Kiss
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Date Reread: January 1, 2015
Type: Hardcover

I read this book 10 times. You all know my thoughts on it. You all know how much I love it. You all know how I want to read it 10 more times. It is just the epic feel good book and I’m proud to call it my favorite.

Original review found HERE.

 

 

open2Title: Open Road Summer
Author: Emery Lord
Date Reread: January 5-7, 2015
Type: Audio

I loved Open Road Summer the first time I read it. It is one of those books you just want to hug when you are done. This time I decided to do the audio and it was just as good the second time around. In fact listening to it made me just want to read it again.

Original review found HERE.

 

flightsoffantasy

I also committed the the Flights of Fantasy challenge run by Alexa Love Books and Hello, Chelly. As you may have heard, I am new to the fantasy genre (thank you Sarah J. Maas and Throne of Glass for this!) and I thought it would be good for me to challenge myself with this one. I have decided to do 12 so I only have to read 1 a month, but I’m off to a great start. The full reviews for this books will be coming soon.

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Title:
Red Queen
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Date Read: January 5-8, 2015
Type: eARC

A little Hunger Games meets Divergent at the end, but enjoyable. Some holes in the story but I still became addicted and needed to know how it would end. And end it did. Now I need book 2.

Check back for the full review.

 

 

 

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Title:
Grave Mercy
Author: Robin LaFevers
Date Read: January 23-26, 2015
Type: Paperback

I fought reading this one until I was basically book bullied into it by like 16 bloggers and 1 author and it was gifted to me. I will say, I’m glad you are all so persistent. I really enjoyed it and LOVE Ismae and Duval.

Check back for full review.

 January Post Wrap-Up

 

So there you have it, but January check-in. How did you do on your challenges so far?

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Top Ten Tuesday – Books on my Kindle I’m Dying to Read

   My name is Andi and I have a book buying problem. When I first looked at today’s Top Ten list I though, no problem, I can easily list 10 books I’m dying to read that I don’t own, that are already out. Um, think again. Seems if I’m dying to read it I tend to go out and buy it. This is a problem. And I would like to say I’m working on this, but I’m not. I’m probably just buying more books instead. 😉 Anyway I decided to tweak today’s Top Ten to fit with something I CAN do. Alas I give you the ten books on my Kindle that I’m dying to read. What books are you dying to read yet don’t own? Or are you more like me and buy what you want?

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Hysteria/A Thousand Pieces of You/Forget Me/The Fall/The Last Time We Say Goodbye/Red Queen/My True Love Gave to Me/Liars, Inc./Final Lap/Loop 

Please click on the link above to see more about the book.
*Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
**Top Ten Tuesday image was created by me with book images from Goodreads.

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