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.

Review:

*review copy provided by publisher for review. This in no way affects my opinion or review*

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“In the fairy tales, the poor girl smiles when she becomes a princess. Right now, I don’t know if I’ll ever smile again.”
― Victoria Aveyard, Red Queen

Okay, WORDS. I must remember how to use words.
*runs around the room fangirling uncontrollably*
Where to start? Red Queen was absolutely amazing. I had high hopes, but what I received completely blew me away. The first chapter was a little slow as the reader was introduced to Mare’s world, but other than that I have no complaints at all.

The world has a clearly defined hierarchy. Those with magical powers (telekinesis, mind control–you name it!) were called Silvers due to their silver blood and were by far the wealthier half of the population. The Reds were those who didn’t have magical gifts, and were practically enslaved by the Silvers. A world divided by blood? Isn’t that cool? The Silver court is the main setting for Red Queen, which I totally loved. Forbidden romance! Backstabbing! Court intrigue! How could I resist? (spoiler alert: I couldn’t).

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If I were to describe this book, I would pitch it as the Grisha trilogy meets The Selection meets The Winner’s Curse. It definitely had the best elements from each story. I adored all of those books, and I think that Red Queen totally lives up to the comparison (and the hype).

“You better hide that heart of yours, Lady Titanos. It won’t lead you anywhere you want to go.”
― Victoria Aveyard, Red Queen

Mare Barrow is the protagonist. She is a Red, and is just a year away from being enlisted in the army. She’s smart, fierce, and I absolutely loved her character. When she accidentally unleashes a magic power in front of the entire Silver court, the king is furious. A Red having a power is unheard of, so he makes her pretend to be the lost Silver princess and betrothed her to the younger of his two sons, Maven. Gah. The king and queen were so awful.

“I’m a Red girl in a sea of Silvers and I can’t afford to feel sorry for anyone, least of all the son of a snake.”
― Victoria Aveyard, Red Queen

Which leads me to the next point: romance. How do I even start? I LOVED the romance. Some people might call it a love triangle. I wouldn’t, but I won’t get into details in case I accidentally spoil something. Let’s just say that I loved this aspect of the story.

Can we talk about that plot twist at the end? Mind = blown. I did not expect that at all! This really isn’t something that I can dwell on for very long, but let’s just say that I need Book Two very badly. If you enjoyed the plot twists of The Winner’s Curse, the romance of The Selection and the characters of the Grisha Trilogy, then this story is for you!

21 Comments on Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

    • Samantha
      January 14, 2015 at 11:55 pm (2 years ago)

      The quotes are awesesome, and YESSSSS FARI YOU NEED THIS BOOK IN YOUR LIFE!!!

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    • Samantha
      January 14, 2015 at 11:54 pm (2 years ago)

      YES KARA LISTEN TO ME AND READ IT. *throws book at you*

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  1. Cynthia
    January 14, 2015 at 3:24 am (2 years ago)

    That one was already on my TBR, but after reading your review I am even more excited!
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    • Samantha
      January 14, 2015 at 11:53 pm (2 years ago)

      Eep! I’m so glad to hear that.

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    • Samantha
      January 14, 2015 at 11:52 pm (2 years ago)

      Oh, you totally need to read it!

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    • Samantha
      January 14, 2015 at 11:51 pm (2 years ago)

      YESS GIMMEEE. The romance was so cute! *squeals* I definitely need book two asap.

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    • Samantha
      January 14, 2015 at 11:51 pm (2 years ago)

      The plot twist blew my mind! You NEED to read this, Ana. Just…trust me.

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    • Samantha
      January 14, 2015 at 11:50 pm (2 years ago)

      Isn’t the cover great! Thanks, Kariny.

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  2. Leigh @ Little Book Star
    January 15, 2015 at 12:43 am (2 years ago)

    I’m really glad you loved Red Queen! I wish I loved it as much as you did, but I already so that plot twist coming and I wish there was more world building + character development. I loved the princes though! They def. swooned me especially Maven *glares*. I’m still looking forward for the next book. I think it was a really great book, but I did have issues with it. Great review!
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  3. Lara
    January 15, 2015 at 2:35 am (2 years ago)

    I can’t wait to read this and I’m so glad you enjoyed it!!! I have a copy just waiting to be read and you’ve made me more excited about it 🙂 I really hope I enjoy it as much as you did!
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  4. Valerie
    January 17, 2015 at 3:47 pm (2 years ago)

    I WASN’T EXCITED FOR THIS BOOK BUT NOW I NEED IT IN MY LIFE. I loved Shadow and Bone and this just sounds amazing because powers and abilities and YES. You’ve made me excited Sam and that is NOT okay because I need to save money and I already have a book to buy in Feburary 😛
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    • Samantha
      January 17, 2015 at 4:19 pm (2 years ago)

      I’m not really sorry because YOU DO NEED THIS BOOK IN YOUR LIFE. Run, do not walk, to your nearest bookstore!

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    • Samantha
      January 19, 2015 at 8:37 pm (2 years ago)

      Yes, it’s awesome! I’m so glad you pre-order–you won’t regret it!

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