Author: Victoria Aveyard
Series: Red Queen Trilogy #1
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy
Release Date: February 10, 2015
Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood – those with Red blood serve the elite, whose Silver blood gifts them with superhuman abilities.
Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. Before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has power, too – an ability all her own.
To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. Mare is drawn quickly into the Silver world, but risks everything to help the Scarlet Guard – a growing Red rebellion – even as her heart tugs her in an impractical direction. One wrong move can lead to her death, and in the dangerous game she plays, the only certainly is betrayal.
Recent USC grad Victoria Aveyard’s internationally sought-after story of court intrigue and deception will keep readers hurtling along, desperate to find out Mare’s fate. Her honestly and determination, as well as her no-holds-barred attitude, will surely make readers fall in love with her.
First Sentence: I hate First Friday.
I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for a honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.
Let me start with this: Red Queen really disappointed me. Let me start from the very beginning: Red Queen wasn’t on my radar until its cover was revealed. From then on, I had my eyes on it because let’s face it, the cover is stunning. I was beyond excited when by the luck of the draw, I somehow got my hands on Red Queen, only to read it two months later and end up very disappointed and wary.
The beginning of Red Queen was pretty epic. I was immediately intrigued with the world of the Reds and the Silvers, Mare’s tough situation, and the rebels. I was so into the book that I was seriously considering ditching class just to read on and sent a tweet to the author about how much I’m loving her book so far.
The gods rule us still. They have come down from the stars. And they are no longer kind. (ARC 11)
After the strong beginning, the book started to slowly get dull. Mare would constantly tell us the significant meaning of the actions of other people – I wasn’t bothered by that when Mare did that once or twice, but anything more than that just made me annoyed because hey, we can figure it out ourselves too you know? There was also no action, just Mare learning how to be a princess scenes and Silver gossip, both things I’ll usually like in a book, but just didn’t interest me at all in Red Queen.
Then the first hint of a romance came along and when the romance did ended up happening, I knew that that was it. There was just no way Red Queen could redeem itself after that – the romance was beyond cringe-worthy with absolutely no chemistry in it and just whyyyyy did it have to happen?! I seriously considering DNFing Red Queen after that, but decided not to since I’ve already read a little less than half the book already. Instead, I speed-read through Red Queen and I’m sad to say that nothing else made me stop and want to read on in a normal pacing.
A spy. I’m standing in front of a spy.
I force myself to smile, if only to try and hide my fear. Sweat breaks out on my palms and I hope I don’t have to shake any hands. (ARC 123)
To my surprise, I actually like Mare (with the annoying exception of her almost always telling us the significant meanings of events) like the summary said I would. Usually when summaries tell me that I’ll like this person and this person, I turn out not liking them at all, so imagine my surprise when I found myself admiring Mare. Sure, there were times where I didn’t approve of her decisions and thought what she was doing was a horrible decision, but I could relate to Mare and understand why she did the things she has done.
Overall, like I’ve said two or three times already, I’m really disappointed with Red Queen. I definitely won’t be reading the sequel and will sadly be avoiding the hype.