Tuesday, April 25, 2017

BOOK REVIEW - RED QUEEN by VICTORIA AVEYARD - RED QUEEN # 1 - YA FANTASY - HARPER TEEN

By: Victoria Aveyard
Published By: Harper Teen
Released: Available Now
Details: Paperback from library, 387 Pages

RATING: 5 FRESH STARS!

Blurb: Goodreads

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.



BOOK REVIEW:

I used to think there was only the divide, Silver and Red, rich and poor, kings and slaves. But there’s much more in between, things I don’t understand, and I’m right in the middle of it. I grew up wondering if I’d have food for supper, now I’m standing in a palace about to be eaten alive.

It is very hard coming up with something fresh in the YA world that is gonna grab readers by the masses around the globe.

Victoria certainly achieved this.

Even though I did see through a couple characters fairly early on, this story is still a five star read for me.

Red Queen is very rich in descriptive, which brings an amazing visual while reading.

I loved the whole concept of the Reds and the Silvers.

Divergent, ( that other big YA series)  has its society divided into factions, and this is the same for Red Queen, but it's different and this I LOVE.

It sucks if you are a Red, basically.

But—then comes along a girl…

And then there is a boy…

And then there is a brother…

Throw in some royalty…


Throw in some dramalama, rebels, lust, dancing lessons (*sigh*), more rebels, wise people, more rebels...special powers, gladiator style take-downs and a bloody good ending.

When I thought I had found a plot flaw and it was scratching away at me…I simply had to keep reading.

Damn—this was good.

Sure there is a basic recipe that all these types of stories start with, but it's the other ingredients you add—that set it above others and make it worth tasting.

I highly recommend Red Queen.

The cover art is amazing. Very apt. Easily understood.

I will be purchasing this series for my bookshelves, because Mini-Me is gonna be getting them shoved under her nose.

Victoria, I give you my glove clap.

Anyone can betray anyone.


4 comments:

  1. :) Sounds interesting! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I'm gonna start on the second book shortly. I thought it was really good.

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  2. Glad you enjoyed it. And it received the glove clap! Just finished and I had fun with this one as well. Off to the next two soon!
    Rebecca @ The Portsmouth Review

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    1. I have #2 in my clutches, just need time. :)

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