[Review] Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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Graceling meets The Selection in debut novelist Victoria Aveyard’s sweeping tale of seventeen-year-old Mare, a common girl whose once-latent magical power draws her into the dangerous intrigue of the king’s palace. Will her power save her or condemn her?

Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood—those with common, Red blood serve the Silver- blooded elite, who are gifted 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 an ability of 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. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard—a growing Red rebellion—even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays, the only certainty is betrayal.

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3stars

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[“Anyone can betray anyone”]

Red Queen was a book that bravery, loyalty and faith were beaten but cruel betrayal. It’s is quite impressive how many life lessons this book teaches us. There is not always a happy end and that’s because this is how life works.

Writing style

It’s been a while since the last time I was that satisfied. Everything was flawless. The transition from thoughts to dialogue and from physical description to action were perfect. Everything made sense and the story was easy to follow. There was nothing confusing about any scenes and they were detailed enough to satisfy my fantasy and not tire my brain. There was ballance between Mare’s thoughts, feelings and action.

Plot/World building

While the world building was unique and intruiging, the plot was a bit boring and slow. That’s why my rating is minus two stars. Let me explain more.

 There is this dystopian universe were silver-bloods are creatures with powers and red-bloods are simple, lower class people. We get to see both enviroments and experience how both castes are living. The differences, sadly, are big and while the silver-bloods enjoy a good life, the red-bloods suffer and live like servants. So basically the Reds are trying to survive their hunger and the war and the Silvers only care about balls and dresses and politics. Then there’s this twist and a particular Red, Mare, seems to possess a gift that makes her as good as a silver and that’s how the story begins. A few rebellious Reds form the Scarlet Gaurd and they try to start a revolution.

These things were exciting and I was thrilled to read more but for about 70% of the book I was reading about Mare’s life in the castle. When I tried to adjust with how slow paced the book was I decided to focus on her romance but I was disappointed once again. Maven was everywhere and I disliked him since the very beginning. I thought Cal was going to be but we were just reading about Maven. Ok of course I admit that there were a few interesting scenes here and there that kept me going and then I reached the last 20% of the book and then everything happened. There was the twist I needed and finally some actual action. The last part of the book was the whole story and it wasn’t exactly what I was hoping for but at least it was realistic and just like what I said before bot every story has a happy end.

Characters

Mare was actually a pleasant character and I liked her. She was easy to relate and root for her. She suffered a lot and she gave up everything so that her family could live better. Because she is a human being, she is flawed and sometimes makes bad decisions but who doesn’t? She tried to fight for her rights and save all Reds from the Silvers. She put her faith on the wrong people and as excpected she was betrayed. She also allowed herself to lose the battle about love because she was naive but none of these matter because she could only think of her family. I am glad that the book showed as how important is the bond among family members and glorified the family love.

Cal and Maven are the two basic male leads. They’re brothers and they both have their eyes on our Mare. It was annoying that there was once again love triangle but at least it wasn’t the problem. Mare was bethrothed to Maven and Cal chose to marry Evangeline. Nobody tried to steal noone and there were no stupid fight between the brothers for Mare. There was the forbidden love but it was just there so it didn’t bother me at all. Things had a flow. Cal was a ruthless soldier the perfect heir to the throne and everyone was looking up to him, expecting him to be a great ruller. He was indeed prepared to do anything to keep his kingdom safe as it is, including not to show mercy to the Reds. Maven on the other hand was living in his brother’s shadow and he was kind and ready for a change. He was friendly to Mare and tried to help her through everything.

Overall

It wasn’t a bad book and I enjoyed it a lot. I was just expecting more and I was a bit disappointed. So, I decided to be generous and not to judge because no matter what I say, I hadn’t felt so excited for a while and even though it didn’t last untill the end, the feeling was there.

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[Victoria Aveyard]

[Bookland Special] To read… or not?

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I have in my priority-to-read shelf some books that I so want to read and yet I don’t seem to do so. There’s always something else that catches my eye and I ignore always ignore my tbr list. So, I am going to present to you a few books and maybe you can help me out by telling me your opinion. Should I read them? Which do you think it’s more interesting?

Let’s do this.

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Graceling meets The Selection in debut novelist Victoria Aveyard’s sweeping tale of seventeen-year-old Mare, a common girl whose once-latent magical power draws her into the dangerous intrigue of the king’s palace. Will her power save her or condemn her?

Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood—those with common, Red blood serve the Silver- blooded elite, who are gifted 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 an ability of 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. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard—a growing Red rebellion—even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays, the only certainty is betrayal.

Why I want to read it?

I am not really into dystopian books but this seems different. It’s like a twisted fairytale and you guys know my hopeless romantic soul. Kings, princes and nobles; that’s my thing.

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Archer’s Voice.Becoming Calder is the first part in a two-part romance series. The conclusion, Finding Eden, is available now.

There is a place in modern day America with no electricity, no plumbing, and no modern conveniences. In this place, there is no room for dreams, no space for self-expression, and no tolerance for ambition.

In this place, there is a boy with the body of a god and the heart of a warrior. He is strong and faithful and serves his family honorably. But he dares to dream of more.

In this place, there is a girl with the face of an angel and a heart full of courage. To her family, she is the vision of obedient perfection. But she dares to want that which she has been told can never be hers.

Becoming Calder is the story of good versus evil, fear versus bravery, and the truth that the light of love has always found its way into even the darkest of places . . . From the beginning of time, to the end of the world.

THIS IS THE FIRST PART IN A TWO-PART SIGN OF LOVE SERIES INSPIRED BY AQUARIUS. THE SECOND PART, FINDING EDEN, IS AVAILABLE NOW. New Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to strong language and graphic sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

Why I want to read it?

I’ve read Archer’s Voice and god, I wasn’t able to stop thinking about Archer for days after that. The blurb is so unique and I trust Mia Sheridan a lot. If her writing style is like Archer’s Voice then I am already in love with this book.Read More »

[Bookland Special] 2015: Most anticipated books

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End of Days is the explosive conclusion to Susan Ee’s bestselling Penryn & the End of Days trilogy.

After a daring escape from the angels, Penryn and Raffe are on the run. They’re both desperate to find a doctor who can reverse the twisted changes inflicted by the angels on Raffe and Penryn’s sister. As they set off in search of answers, a startling revelation about Raffe’s past unleashes dark forces that threaten them all.
When the angels release an apocalyptic nightmare onto humans, both sides are set on a path toward war. As unlikely alliances form and strategies shift, who will emerge victorious? Forced to pick sides in the fight for control of the earthly realm, Raffe and Penryn must choose: Their own kind, or each other.



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Kiera Cass’s #1 New York Times bestselling Selection series has enchanted readers from the very first page. In this fourth romantic novel, follow Illéa’s royal family into a whole new Selection—and find out what happens after happily ever after.

Eighteen years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won Prince Maxon’s heart. Now the time has come for Princess Eadlyn to hold a Selection of her own. Eadlyn doesn’t expect her Selection to be anything like her parents’ fairy-tale love story…but as the competition begins, she may discover that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she’s always thought.

A new generation of swoonworthy characters and captivating romance awaits in the fourth book of the Selection series!



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From the New York Times bestselling author of the Covenant and Lux series comes a novel of danger, Gods and Titans… and an electric love story which will send you reeling.

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