Review: “Red Queen” – Victoria Aveyard

February 26, 2016 Book Review 2

 Review: “Red Queen” – Victoria AveyardRed Queen by Victoria Aveyard
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Published on: February 10th 2015
Published by: HarperTeen
Pages: 383
Series: Red Queen #1
Genre: YA Fantasy
Format: Paperback

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This book is part of the Red Queen series. You can find my reviews for the rest of the series below:
Red Queen (Red Queen #1)
Glass Sword (Red Queen #2)
Kings Cage (Red Queen #3)


The Story(Summary from 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 …


My Thoughts

This is a book that I was ridiculously excited to get my hands on last year and as soon as it was released it was in my hands. Then I put it on my bookshelf and totally forgot all about it until recently when I heard about the second book being released and remembered I hadn’t read the first! And now that I have I can’t believe I waited so long!

This is EXACTLY my type of book! Dystopian world, people with powers, love between people of different…in this case blood types I guess and a whole big rebellion/war type thing going on. Plus, how gorgeous is that cover!

“If you know someone’s fear, you know them.”

Our MC comes in the form of Mare, a red girl from the Stilts (basically the worst place to live) and life is pretty rubbish with her three brothers all sent off to fight the Silver war and her own conscription date fast approaching. A show of kindness leads Mare to a job in the Silver Palace where it doesn’t take long for her totally unexpected powerful abilities to appear.

I really liked Mare, right from the start. She was tough and very very loyal to those she cares about and would literally risk or sacrifice anything for them. I loved watching her character develop into something different as she spent more time with the Silvers and saw the horrors of their world from a different POV and discovered that there was more going on then she knew about.

She starts the book as a feisty girl, unhappy with the way the world is run, but without the confidence to do anything about it. However as she sees more behind the scenes she sees exactly how bad the system is and from that gains the motivation and confidence to do something about it.

“Flame and shadow. One cannot exist without the other.”

I know from the various reviews I have read for this book there is a lot of ‘Team Prince Maven’ vs ‘Team Prince Cal’ going on. I will happily state right now that I am Team Cal all the way and have been from the moment we met him in this book!

Heir to the Throne and a general with his own soldiers to command Cal has a lot resting on his young shoulders. He is fierce and fire-y (you get it? because he has fire power!) but there is also a soft and kind side to him which he shows to Mare on multiple occasions helping her out of some not so great situations purely for the fact that he wants to help her. Maven was someone who I quite liked at the beginning and then slowly grew more suspicious of throughout the book. For me he was just a bit too perfect at times that it didn’t seem real so I don’t think I ever fully trusted him throughout this book.

“Words can lie. See beyond them.”

Another thing I’ve read about in other peoples reviews of this book is the ‘love triangle/square’. Now sure, Mare has friendships/relationships with 3 guys and she gets close to those guys and some of them are interested in something more, but apart from 1 time when she actually physically shows signs of liking someone (by kissing them) she doesn’t show any actual romantic feeling for any of them! So in my head, the love triangle in non-existent and so if it is something that would potentially keep you from reading this book then don’t, because it’s nothing to worry about!

“The truth is what I make it. I could set this world on fire and call it rain.

I have to say that the world building in this book was fantastic and I loved seeing the differences between the red and silver worlds. There are some great histories/traditions written into the story which just makes the world seem even more real. The story flowed really well and had a great mix of action and emotion with some great twists along the way. Aveyard ends the book on a high after an excellent last few chapters which made me desperate to read more. Lucky for me, I had the next book waiting on my bookshelf at home!

“Rise, red as the dawn.”


Final Thoughts

Such a great start to what is going to be a superb series. I can’t wait to see more of Aveyards world in the second book and see the further development of the characters and their relationships with each other.

Re-Readability: Most definitely!

I would recommend this book to fans of: dystopian, fantasy, characters with powers, rebellions, strong female characters

Rating Beyond Loved

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2 Responses to “Review: “Red Queen” – Victoria Aveyard”

  1. Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity

    I’m so glad you liked it! I know a lot of people complained the book isn’t original, and I agree, BUT who cares? It was a really good book that was interesting. The second on just as good. I have a few complaints about it (no book is flawless) but the ending killed me! You need to read and I need to know your thoughts.

    I have to say, I think half the reason I liked the book is the powers (I was a big X-Men fan in the 90s with that old cartoon) so any book with powers appeals to me. I never could settle on wanting just one, I wanted them all.

    • Brocs Bookcase

      Haha me too! I always wanted to be Peter from Heroes because he gained the power of anyone he came into contact with.
      Eh, no book is ever going to be totally original, people are always going to find some part of it to point to and say ‘that is a copy of that chapter in X book’.
      I really enjoyed it, and the second one (finally read it!) Like you there were some iffy moments, but yes, that ending was WOW! I’m desperate for the next book, although apparently it’s being made into a 4 part series. Not sure how she is going to be able to stretch the rest of the story over 2 books, I feel like the point that we are at now it could all be wrapped up in 1 more book.
      Thanks for your comment! 🙂