15 Dec 2015

Review - Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Goodreads synopsis: 

   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 experience with Red Queen: 

When Red Queen was first published, I ran to my local bookstore and picked it up to read the synopsis. Photos of the book were everywhere, all over Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook, so I had to see what all the fuss was about. The synopsis seemed to be right up my alley, but for some strange reason, that I have no memory of, I put it back on the shelf and walked away. What. An. Idiot.

I'm sure you can already tell by that incredibly well written introduction (hahaha) that I thoroughly enjoyed Red Queen. Even after I was aware what the book was about, I was shocked by the level of fantasy, I didn't expect it to take the path written by Aveyard, but was incredibly excited regardless.

Mare Barrow, the main character, was completely enjoyable for me, I have read many comments that they found her hard to swallow but I thought that she was just bitter and narrow minded enough to actually represent a real teenager. She had things to learn, was too trusting of certain people, not trusting enough of others and because of that, she was one of the most realistic teens I've read all year. She constantly revisited being jealous of her sister, feeling worthless, and more that just made her all that more real for me.  Mare's love life completely frustrated me though, there were three interests (if your interpretation of things were the same as mine), three individuals that Mare could not let go of. So halfway through the book I wondered what the heck was going to happen.

Many of my followers insisted that there was a plot twist coming to end all plot twists and that I would need to take a moment to fathom how on Earth it slipped past me... Unfortunately, that wasn't the case. **These next couple of sentences I'm going to try to write in a way that does not give away the plot twist of this book, but you have been warned, if you want to jump over to the next paragraph down I will totally understand!** I found that Aveyard didn't give her writing fully to the plot twist, that Mare was still clinging to certain other characters because the plot twist was coming. I wondered why this would happen if the people involved with the twist were so trusted by Mare, so I was very prepared for the twist. It definitely did not make the book any less wonderful, in fact, I thought it was amazing writing, and foreshadowed what was to come.

**Spoiler-ish area over!**

One thing that I would have found fascinating would to have been able to see more of Mare's world. We are given many, many, descriptions of the Stilts and of the more classy areas that the Silvers dominate, but even so, I wanted way more. I suppose that leaves us readers with much to learn in Glass Sword (the next installment of Red Queen, to be released in Feb of 2016), I have just placed an order on Booktopia for a signed first edition, which will sit on my shelves with pride when it arrives!

Overall, I would recommend this book to literally anyone. There's always the fear of a hyped book being just that, something to get your hopes up only to have them come crashing down around you, but this was not the case for me with Red Queen. To anyone who loves a fantasy book with dystopian themes, a bit of romance, rebellion, and gruesome danger check out this book! I would give it four out of 5 stars (★★★★☆), one of my top reads of 2015 and I cannot believe it took me this long to find out.

Where you can find the book:

Amazon US // Amazon UK // Amazon AU // Book Depository // Wordery // Booktopia (AU/NZ) // MightyApe (NZ)

About the author:

I’m a writer repped by Suzie Townsend at New Leaf Literary & Media, Inc. I split my time between my hometown East Longmeadow, Massachusetts and Los Angeles. After graduating with a BFA in Screenwriting from the University of Southern California, I decided to try my hand at writing a novel. My debut RED QUEEN came out of the terrifying, unemployed year after college.

Currently I’m revising the second book in the RED QUEEN series, along with pursuing other projects in literature and film. My proudest achievements are riding a horse in the mountains of Montana and navigating from London to Edinburgh without GPS.

I'm a screenwriter/YA author who likes books and lists. This [Goodreads] site is the nexus of my universe. I'm a screenwriter/YA author who likes books and lists. This site is the nexus of my universe.

Keeping up with the author:

Website // Blog // Facebook // Twitter 

I hope that you enjoyed this review of Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard! Have you read the book yet? Will you be scrambling to buy the next installment? Are you excited by the three novellas we have coming? Let me know in the comments below and don't forget to subscribe!


  1. I don't typically like books like Red Queen, but I absolutely loved it when I red it earlier this year.

  2. Hey! Red Queen is just my cup of tea!
    I love the story line, but I think the characterization needs a little elaboration and the plot twist was a bit too obvious. I posted a review of it on my blog. I'm new to blogging and reviewing books, but I hope I did well.
    I love the look of your blog, btw!