Monday, June 22, 2015

Book Review: Red Queen (Red Queen #1) by: Victoria Aveyard

Release Date: February 10, 2015
from Harper Teen
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via edelweiss in exchange for a fair and honest review.
"MARE BARROW'S WORLD IS DIVIDED BY BLOOD—those with red and those with silver. Mare and her family are lowly Reds, destined to serve the Silver elite whose supernatural abilities make them nearly gods. Mare steals what she can to help her family survive, but when her best friend is conscripted into the army she gambles everything to win his freedom. A twist of fate leads her to the royal palace itself, where, in front of the king and all his nobles, she discovers a power of her own—an ability she didn't know she had. Except... her blood is Red.

To hide this impossibility, the king forces her into the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks her new position to aid the Scarlet Guard—the leaders of a Red rebellion. Her actions put into motion a deadly and violent dance, pitting prince against prince—and Mare against her own heart.

From debut author Victoria Aveyard comes a lush, vivid fantasy series where loyalty and desire can tear you apart and the only certainty is betrayal."

My Thoughts:

There is a ton of hype surrounding this book and I’m not going to lie, that really worried me. I was excited for this book before the hype and then the hype just got me even more excited. As any reader knows, that can be the kiss of death for a book. I try not to set my expectation too high, but sometimes that just cannot be stopped. Red Queen though was a great read. I was hooked and invested in the story. My heart was ripped out and stomped on and I loved it. And oh the twists and turns…. so many twists and turns.

I have to start with Mare because I loved her. She is not the kind of heroine to just sit around. She is strong and tough and willing to make sacrifices for others. Simply put, she is a great heroine and the kind of heroine I wish I would be if I ever got put into a crazy bookish situation. Did she make mistakes? Absolutely. Did she make decisions that were questionable? Of course. But those are the things that make her relatable and believable. Also she has a good heart and her reasons are always good.

Now I know you’ve probably heard that this book is a tad bit love triangely and while I see it I also don’t necessarily agree with it. I can’t really say why, but by the end of the book you’ll get it. Also the story is so much more than the romance. This is Mare’s story. Not Mare and Cal or Mare and Maven… Mare and Mare’s alone. Both guys had their moments and I could see what drew her to both of them. In the end though I have a favorite that I’m pulling for and it is going to be a long road for these two to make it work, but I think they can get there. I’m kinda excited to see them get there. And now I’m thinking about this power couple and the things they can do and I just want to cackle with glee. But again, I’d totally accept it if Mare just decided to go off on her own and be the badass that she is by herself.

I think my favorite thing about Red Queen is the blend of genres. This is definitely a fantasy, but at the same time it feels like a dystopian. It’s basically a dystopian version of this fantasy world. That at one time this fantasy world operated all nice and then BAM all hell broke loose and the dystopian world is here. It’s pretty cool to see the elements I love of both genres brought together. It wasn’t something I’ve really seen before and I definitely enjoyed that.

The only thing with Red Queen is that it does take a bit to get going. When I think back on it, at times I really feel like it has two distinct portions to the story. The beginning really takes the time to set up the world and let the reader know what it is like to be a red. This does make the story feel a bit slow in the beginning but I never really felt bored either, so there is that. I was definitely invested from the beginning. And then there is the ending which is just bananas and has me dying to get my hands on the next book. So many twists and turns that had my head spinning.

Basically Red Queen is a great read and I think it really deserves the hype. The world is cool and I love the blend of genres. I can’t wait to see where this series goes next.


  1. OOoh nice review! I still need to read this one! I've been hearing lots of good things about it! I did hear it rings more of a dystopian but set in a fantasy setting. Sounds awesome though! I need to read this soon! Great review!

  2. Interesting. Fantasy and dystopian? Nice. I haven't really paid attention to this book because fantasy is not my thing. But I do like the idea of the mixed genre. Nice review.

  3. Well this review has totally hooked me! I love the elements you mention, and what you had to say about that not-so-love-triangle was amazing and has me really curious. The blend of dystopian and fantasy sounds like something I would absolutely love. A beautiful and insightful review! <3

  4. Oooh I'm so happy you enjoyed this one :D I had high hopes for it too but then all the buzz around it made me worry a bit. I think for some people the buzz actually did ruin it a bit for them so I decided to wait until it died down and dive in then. Seeing your review though makes me want to read it right this instant! I love how you described Mare in all her kickass-ness and the mixture of different genres :D It all sounds great! Awesome review Teresa^^ x

  5. So happy that it lived up to the hype. Cause you are right hype tends to be the kiss of death. It's great that you enjoyed this one!

  6. I agree, the romance was a non-issue and I would've been perfectly fine, maybe even liked it more, if it wasn't even there. Maybe it was also the dystopian parts that I didn't care for. I might give the rest of the series a try some day, we'll see. Great review, as usual!

  7. I have been trying to decide if I want to read this, but not sure about the slow start

  8. I'm so glad you enjoyed this one! I definitely agree with you a lot, especially on the romance aspect. The only thing that I was unsure of was the mix of genres in the book. How it felt high fantasy but had dystopian technology almost. But other than that, I enjoyed this one. I can't wait for the next book.

    Wonderful Review!

    1. Well... in fairness I think being prepared for the mix of genres helped me.. had I gone into it thinking it was purely fantasy I don't know if I would have enjoyed it as much.


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