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Red Queen Hardcover – February 10, 2015
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“Aveyard weaves a compelling new world of action-packed surprises... inventive, character-driven.” (Kirkus)
“A volatile world with a dynamic heroine.” (Booklist)
“Breakneck pace and engaging characters.” (School Library Journal)
“ [Aveyard] sets her audience up for a gaspworthy twist that reconfigures nearly every character’s role and leaves Mare with no one to trust but herself... This blend of fantasy and dystopia will be an unexpected and worthy addition to many genre fans’ reading list.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)
“Fascinating world building... Readers will be intrigued by a world that reflects today’s troubling issues concerning ethnic inequality, unfair distribution of wealth, pollution, warfare, political corruption, and the frightening power of the media.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))
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Top Customer Reviews
When circumstances for Mare send her right into the path of royals, she ends up discovering that she has magic abilities - and thus, is made a noble who is set to marry the second of two princes so that the reigning royal family can keep an eye on her. Meanwhile, an uprising is gathering through the country, and Mare has to figure out who she is and where her loyalties lie.
This one was hard to review because on one hand, I found the story very compelling, but on the other hand, there were lots of little things that I just couldn't get into. I've broken them down below.
Things That Frustrated Me:
The heroine: my biggest frustration with this book was the lack of character development in Mare. I didn't feel like I went on a journey with her as a character at all - she was kind of sassy and funny, and she clearly had some cool abilities...but that was it for me. I didn't feel like I knew her at all by the end of the book because she was the same person the entire way through. That was hard for me to connect with.
The romance: There were (count 'em) THREE love interests for Mare in this book. None of them really go anywhere big, but it just felt like every friggin guy in the book was into her.Read more ›
I've been putting off writing my review. I didn't trust myself not go on an embarrassingly childish rave fest. And here I am, nearly half a year later, still under Red Queen's magical spell. What can you do? Some books are just THAT awesome.
The one at the center of it all is Mare Barrow, an unimportant little Red. Mare lives in a world divided by blood, in which the Silver-blooded Royals hold all the power (both literally and metaphorically speaking) and the Red-bloods are nothing more than poor, lowly servants. The Silvers have supernatural powers, the Reds do not. At least that's how it's always been and what the Silvers want everyone to believe. When Mare discovers she has an ability of her own, her entire world gets flipped upside down. She finds herself thrown in the middle of intrigue-fueled Silver court, forced to play the role of a long lost Silver princess and betrothed to Silver King's song. With the Scarlet Guard becoming more and more aggressive, the full-on rebellion is fast approaching. The fate of the entire kingdom depends on the choices she'll make. And one bad decision can lead to a massacre...
Red Queen is a fast paced, breathless kind of read. A true edge-of-your-seat story. Intrigue filled, action packed, twisty and highly dramatic, it's a real page turner.Read more ›
Diving straight in, the first 60-70% of this book drove me completely nuts. It was slow and full of inconsistencies and eye-roll worthy ideas. I don’t have a clear picture of the world because it was never really described. The people travel in boats, transport, airships, and the prince even “invented” the motorcycle, but is it modern? Steampunkish? Do they run on gas? Electricity? Guess I’ll have to ask a tech from the tech city. Yes, there’s a city FULL of techies. You would think they could control the world, but they seem content to work until they die in an overly polluted city even though they could probably invent weapons that could rival the powers of the Silver-bloods. You know, since they have tvs, security cameras (thousands of them, apparently), and, get this, FORCE FIELDS.
I wish I had make-up like Mare’s. In order to hide that she’s a Red-blood, she has to wear make-up that makes her skin lighter to match the Silver’s. Apparently it lasts all day and is sweat/water-proof. The author really missed an opportunity for an “uh-oh, almost got caught” moment with the rain.
The Silver-blooded powers seem to be unlimited. We keep being told that they are limited, but we are never shown-especially with the queen. They also only show the super-powered Silvers and not the Silvers with smaller powers. Maybe that’s being saved for another book, but it wouldn’t have hurt to see it while it was being mentioned.
What aggravated me the most is the key point to the story, what is supposed to hold the story together, doesn’t make a lick of sense.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is such a good book. Full of so many twist you never would have seen coming. There are a few bad words in here but, overall it is a good book. Read morePublished 14 hours ago by mjc
Hello all, Amp is here with my first book review (on this blog). Recently I finished reading the book Red Queen by: Victoria Aveyard. Read morePublished 1 day ago by TDC Book Reviews
Plagiarism. This book has it. If Victoria Aveyard is going to steal from Pierce Brown then I will be rating Red Queen compared to Red Rising instead of rating Red Queen the book... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Karen
I had a horrible time visualizing the scenes and characters because of the crummy writing. Constantly she would talk about her internal opinions but no description of the people or... Read morePublished 2 days ago by applecorps
If you just want an easy, fun read, this is a fine book. I suspect a lot of teens would enjoy it; indeed, an adult friend of mine highly recommended it to me. Read morePublished 2 days ago by nrunn
Hunger Games, Divergent, Maze Runner. This is just another story of that style and feel. Obviously I'm the minority with my rating, but if you are looking for originality,... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Yochanan amit
Well written, entertaining, morally challenging, and it kept me on my toes. Certainly worth the time. Also, left off with a great twist.Published 5 days ago by Morgan