Title: Red Queen

Author: Victoria Aveyard

Series: Red Queen #1

Genre: Dystopia, Fantasy, Young Adult

Published: February 10th 2015 by HarperTeen

Rating: 4/5 stars ★★★★


“Words have the right to lie. See beyond them.” 


This is a people separated by blood – red or silver. The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-choose superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems choose nothing will ever adjust. That is till she finds herself functioning in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the the majority of, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threa10s to damage the balance of power. Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain check out, heralding her a long-lost Silver princess, currently engaged to a Silver prince. In spite of learning that one misaction would certainly intend her death, Mare functions silently to aid the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and lug down the Silver regime. But this is a world of betrayal and also lies, and also Mare has actually entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince versus prince, and Mare versus her very own heart. 


4 of 5 stars to Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard


It’s difficult analysis well-known books that have been approximately for a whileㅡthe expectation is simply enormous. Eextremely time I visit a bookkeep, I watch Red Queen on a prime spot, regally displayed like her namesake. Being a bookworm that I am, it successfully captured my interemainder the first time I saw it; the year was 2016 if I remember correctly and also the cover was nopoint short of intriguing, impactful in its minimalism. I checked the book blurb and also check out it was about “monarchy” and favor a windblown candle, my interemainder died quick. I perform not choose monarchy. I don’t understand why yet it was never before a genre of priority. At the moment, I was more right into sci-fi; devouring the likes of Starbound and also Illuminae Files. So I relocated on and never bothered via it also once the hype about it ongoing to thrive.

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Fast forward to now. I’ve check out almost all the well-known YA fantasy novels that are NOT focused on monarchy. I’ve run out of books to read. I decided to branch out. Started via The Cruel Prince that my excellent frifinish asked me to buddy check out through her. It was entertaining and I assumed, “Maybe monarchy’s not that bad.” And then news of Grishaverse being adapted right into a Netflix series broke. It’s practically like fate pushing me to check this genre out. “Why is it so famous anyway?” was a curious question I want answered. And so I check out it. I took pleasure in the books for the most part but I wasn’t exceptionally impressed. However, I understand the alentice of monarchy: trick heir, hidden identities, oust plots, through love triangle romance thrown in the mix; it’s all very dramatic BUT I feel the stories are essentially the exact same just through different personalities and also various authors. Red Queen consisted of.

Maybe if I read Red Queen at the time of its release I would certainly feel various yet that’s neither right here nor there so let’s move on to the point: Red Queen felt favor a mix of Hunger Games and Shadow and also Bone. Tbelow wasn’t sufficient originality in it to fascinate me, to impush me. Hunger Games for the Dystopian setting: poverty, segregation of classes, battle tournaments. Shadow and also Bone for the fantasy and monarchy aspect: personalities possessing powers/superhumale abilities in a government run by royals. The book didn’t fulfill my ‘massive’ expectations so to stop.

With all this in mind, Red Queen should’ve been an “okay” check out but as I was writing this testimonial and also digesting the plots and characters, I realized it was a good experience over all and also that inevitably readjusted my rating to 4. I likewise felt that the last few chapters particularly the epilogue more than consisted of for all the times I thought the book was bland.


Red Queen heavily resembles Shadow and Bone’s character templates too. Mare is simply favor Alina. They both didn’t know they had powers until a life and also death situation happened; and also both likewise fell in a love triangle confusion while being used as pawn in a grand royal system. Very “special” girls.

Then we have actually Maven that is extremely a lot like the Darkling in SAB. Poor childhood made them greedy, deranged bastards. Sympathetic antagonists.

Lastly we have Kilorn who is extremely a lot favor Mal. Childhood finest friend of the one-of-a-kind girl. Only they have actually different fates. Kilorn’s love is unrequited. Poor guy. It provides me sad once nice males don’t obtain the girls although to be fair, Kilorn’s nice yet he’s pretty useless in the initially quarter of the book.

But we have actually a deviant in Cal. He’s acquired no SAB indistinguishable. Of course tright here are plenty other personalities in RQ and SAB both that execute not have equivalents, even more separating the two books from each various other, however Cal is a vital character that I believed deserved a cite.

Now that’s out of the means, let’s talk about Red Queen properly. The composing wasn’t stellar but it likewise wasn’t boring. I took pleasure in reading it yet at the exact same time, I wasn’t extremely excited to proceed. It didn’t spark that analysis fever before.

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However before, it had much better created characters compared to Shadow and Bone. Let’s start with our Red Queen Mare that didn’t realize she had powers until she was faced with it (fairly literally). She came off as weak to me however I was okay through that, happy for it even, bereason it’s so rare for YA Fantasy publications to feature heroines choose this. Nowadays they’re all so edgy and also kickassㅡand also I love that tooㅡbut it’s refreshing to review somepoint else every currently and then.

Mare proved realistic character growth even if it meant watching her make mistakes after mistakes. I wanted to clock her on the head so many times. Maven was plainly toying with her and also she was so putty in his hands till the very finish. She was provided so many type of ideas around him yet she was blind! And then she retained blaming Cal for whatever also as soon as it’s her fault. But, but frustrated I acquired via her, I forprovide it because I construed (more than likely other than for the blaming Cal part that was unwarranted). She’s but a negative Red, inskilled in matters of mind games, of imperial maneuvering. She can’t be intended to discern these points best out. She had to learn. Actually props to the author for not half-assing this character breakthrough. It’s such huge threat to create a not-so-flawmuch less heroine. It’s a wonder why so many men have a thing for her. First time to check out a heroine through this much significant admirers (three).

Moving on to the princes. I can’t for the life of me obtain why Mare is so quick to spite Cal for his principles. Cal literally risked his neck for her so many kind of times. Cal has shown her goodness yet she still doubts him. Cal is clearly just doing his duty as a crvery own prince and has gone out of his means to ensure no one is hurt unnecessarily (example: Julian’s situation. Cal helps him escape but Mare has actually the nerve to get mad at him for “allowing Julian to obtain killed”. In the first location, it’s Mare’s fault for entailing Julian in her schemes. So many kind of various other instances aside from this however it would take too long). Cal may be a weak prince but he’s an honorable soldier. He has his faults, yes, but Mare is in no position to contact him out when she too has actually been guilty of the very same.

On the other hand, it wasn’t till the shooting that I was encouraged Maven was two-faced. Early on, Julian gave hints around him being “his mother’s son” and that alone was warning enough yet it was in the shooting that I became sure. How? When Mare started asking him about the bomb, Maven was all assurance that it was an accident yet there was no proof of this so it’s difficult to trust his words specifically as soon as he was yet to display any kind of external kindness. Contrasted to Cal that already verified his character by SHOWING that he cared about the simple people once he provided Mareㅡa strangerㅡa job at the palace, Maven was indeed shady. His “alliance” to the Scarlet Guard notwithstanding bereason aobtain, he only used words to prove “loyalty” and also they readily believed him. Their fault.

And then we have actually the minor characters that despite their brief scenes were able to make a note, their individualities plainly shining via. Gisa is the breadwinner that suffered a disastrous fate yet never blamed anyone. She’s younger however she’s wiser and more powerful than her older sister Mare. We have Kilorn, the jealous, lovestruck fool who’d put himself in risk just to prove he’s the better guy. Not that Mare noticed. Elara, a villain with and also through; and also Julian, wise yet a coward. The author did a good project in this facet.

As a last believed, I’d say my Red Queen endure is better than Shadow and also Bone… so much. It’s shaping to be a far better series too if the epilogue wregarding be thought about. Right currently, I’m excited to continue with Glass Sword, hoping versus hope it doesn’t disappoint me.

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