Thursday, June 9, 2016

Book Review: Glass Sword (Red Queen #2) by: Victoria Aveyard

Release Date: February 9, 2016
from Harper Teen
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"If there’s one thing Mare Barrow knows, it’s that she’s different.

Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

The electrifying next installment in the Red Queen series escalates the struggle between the growing rebel army and the blood-segregated world they’ve always known—and pits Mare against the darkness that has grown in her soul."

My Thoughts:

Glass Sword is one of those books where I am very very torn in my feelings. Overall I would definitely say I liked it and I do plan on continuing the series, but at the same time Glass Sword is nothing I haven't already read a thousand times. In many ways it feels like it pulls elements from previous successful fantasy and dystopian books and combines it into one.

I am going to start with what I liked about Glass Sword and then I will move on to my issues. One thing I truly love about Victoria Aveyard is her ability to deliver twists in the story. She excels at keeping the reader on their toes. It is impossible to trust anyone in the book because the moment you do, they hurt you and betray you. Anyone can betray anyone… it is repeated over and over throughout the book and it is proven true time and time again. Overall I liked the story and the plot kept me engaged. I am definitely curious to see where it is going and to see how it all wraps up. So despite my issues that I go into below, I know I will be continuing this series and I just hope that the rest of the series delivers a bit more than this one did. I’ll also say this… I read this on the heels of A Court Of Mist And Fury and I have to wonder if I would have enjoyed more had I not read it when I did.

Alright now I’m going to go into the things I had issues with. First things first, the romance. Now we all know I am not one who reads a book solely for the romance, nothing against those who do we all have our preferences, but that is just not me. I am invested in the story first and foremost but the romance in this one drove me bonkers and the lack of it made me mad. Mostly because it was sitting right there teasing at the edges of the story but never fully in the story and I just wanted it to be there or not, I got tired of the teasing. But also, Cal and Mare drive me nuts because they take one step forward and then three back and I have a very hard time thinking they will ever make it work at this rate. Their arguing is incredibly annoying and it grates on my nerves because they could be so strong together if they were willing to communicate. Also, there was another side romance thrown in that I didn’t think needed to be thrown in and was only added for an extra dramatic flair at the end.

As for the characters, well I don’t know if I actually like any of them. I admire Mare and I appreciate that she is strong, but I don’t know if I really like her as a person. To be quite honest she aggravates me and she really thinks very highly of herself. Then Cal can be a real idiot… his aversion to killing silvers that ARE TRYING TO KILL HIM is ridiculous. He has no problem killing reds though and this is where my main issue with him comes in. For the most part I like Cal, but he drives me absolutely insane. I also can't stand Mare’s family for various reasons. Then Farley also makes me crazy, I admire her strength and tenacity but I don’t particularly like her. And Cameron, oh gosh, I cannot even get started on her because no. The only character I genuinely like is Shade… that’s it.

Among other things, I felt this book was very repetitive at times. They made the same mistakes over and over again and it seemed like they constantly almost got caught just to escape in the nick of time in some miraculous way. As much as I liked the plot, this did get tiring. Oh and if I had to listen to Mare complain and moan over Maven one more time I was going to lose it. Maven is a psychopath, the person you miss is a lie, get over yourself. And the damn cliffhanger, just no. I am a fan of a well done cliffhanger, I kinda love them to be honest, but this one was not good and was completely included solely for shock value. The book could have ended a few chapters earlier without extending it just to add the cliffhanger.

All in all Glass Sword was a good read. I had my issues with it (obviously) but when I take a step back I can definitely say I enjoyed it overall and I will be continuing with the series.

8 comments:

  1. Yeah I heard mixed things about this one. Like Mare and her relationship with Cal, and not just on the romantic side of things. And then the cliffhanger. I think that's why I've left it sitting in my TBR pile for so long! In fact, a LOT of my highly anticipated fantasy reads are still unread because they all end in cliffhangers! Luckily 2 of them are duologies, so next year I plan to read them, but trying to cut back on cliffhangers for awhile! LOL! When I can help it at least! Still, nice review!

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  2. I so agree with your review. I read this after re reading red queen for the second time for a refresher and well. This thing just has almost love written all over it. I really loved the book but I just think they need to crap or get off the pot. But I really think on the other hand it fits the story. That Mare is so scared to really trust and love someone because of the betrayal she got via book one. I really can't wait for book three though. I want to see how she wraps it all up. And I wonder if its going to be another Allegiant or is she going to wrap it up in a tight little bow of happiness.

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  3. I still haven't even read the first book but I couldn't help being curious to read your thoughts on the sequel. I've heard similar things about the series being a bit repetitive and issues with the romance and what not. And cliffhangers solely for shock value burn me right up! I'm still kind of curious about this series but I'm in no big rush to check it out! Thanks for sharing your thoughts here^^ ♥

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  4. I totally get what you're saying, and agree with you. I liked this book but at the same time, there was so much tug-of-war happening, in so many different ways. The romance is such a tease! I want more between Cal and Mare (and ONLY Cal and Mare - you know me and love triangles. Blech!). And then Cal, I want a little more spine from him. Mare is slowly turning into an antagonist and I am totally here for that. o_o I'm very interested in seeing where the author will take this series. Writing a four-book series cannot be easy, I'm sure!

    Fantastic review, Teresa. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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  5. Great review! I have this one sitting on my shelf, but still haven't gotten around to reading it. I liked Red Queen, but I didn't think the concept was anything all that new. I liked it and I'm interested enough to finish the series. But a lot of the times I felt like I was reading scenes that I've already read before. I've heard a lot of people say they didn't like this cliffhanger at all and I think that's the reason I'm going to wait to read this one closer to the release of the final book.

    Traci @ The Reading Geek

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  6. I think I discussed this with you how I'm not a fan of this series. It just didn't work for me. I didn't connect with the characters and yeah, the romance was blah. At least you were able to enjoy it despite its obvious flaws.

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  7. You encapsulated my feelings towards this book perfectly. Especially with the characters and with the romance part of the book. This one I was so on the cliff about. I did enjoy it, but I didn't love love it. And I've come to the decision, I probably won't pick up the next book. (I was back and forth with that) I'm glad that overall, you enjoyed it and that you'll continue the series! Lovely review

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  8. I'm glad you enjoyed this for the most part, despite your issues with it. Reading anything on the heels of THAT particular book is something we are both struggling with. I am still looking forward to reading this series and discussing it with you! Wonderful review, Wifeycakes!

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