The Blonde Bookworm: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard -- Review

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard -- Review

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Title: Red Queen
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Pages: 383
Publishing: February 10th 2015 by HarperTeen
ISBN: 0062310631


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.


Red Queen started out a little slow for me. There was so much hype surrounding this novel, and I think I went into it thinking, "this is going to be my favorite book of the year". So I probably messed that one up for myself, oops! My concerns for a slow plot were quickly dusted away and I soon became engrossed in the characters and the story. 

The main character Mare is a tough, entertaining, and witty character who fights for what she believes in and wants to protect her family at all costs. I really enjoyed her character and the relationships that she easily formed with other characters in the novel. She was easy to like and it wasn't difficult to see why a lot of characters loved her and several hated her. 

Red Queen was full of plot twists, intense fight scenes, and several romantic moments that made it increasingly entertaining from one page turn to the next. I throughly enjoyed this novel and look forward to reading Glass Sword. I would highly recommend this book to lovers of YA fantasy books. It was a fun and quick read, and there are two more books in the series. 

Rating 3.5/5  


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