Mon, January 19, 2015

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard Review

Red Queen book cover

Red Queen book cover

Red Queen
By Victoria Aveyard
Publication date: Feb. 10, 2015
Orion, 320 pages
Source: Publisher

The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.

To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.

Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.

But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?

— Goodreads.com description

This dystopian/fantasy mix was a bit formulaic, but still quite enjoyable.

Things I enjoyed: Betrayal! I think it’s fun when you don’t know which characters to trust. And I liked how the book got me thinking about some ethical dilemmas — how far is too far? If it’ll help you stop the bad guys, is it okay to torture? To kill?

Interesting stuff.

I also liked the superpowers — very X-Men/Shatter Me.

But, some issues I had: It involves the type of love triangle that, as I wrote in my notes, “grosses you out and you hate but you also sorta get.” Know what I mean? Sigh.

I also didn’t love the book’s title — Red Queen. It misled me into assuming certain things would happen plot-wise, and I kept waiting and waiting, but no dice. And a few plot points (like quickie, too-good-to-be-true disguises) were too far-fetched.

Let’s put it this way: It’s totally readable…but if we were in the bookstore together, I would probably tell you you’re better off reading The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski if you’re in the mood for something like this. (Read my review)

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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  1. Rebecca @ The Library Canary said:

    This is the second not so good review I’ve read of this book. I’m so sad. I think this one was way too hyped up. People are bound to be disappointed. As of right now, I still plan on reading it, but I’m going to have to lower my expectations if I want to enjoy it.

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    We Heart YA Reply:

    Yes, exactly. This is a perfect example of the Hype Machine actually working against a book, rather than for it. Ah well. At least reviews like this help us recalibrate our expectations!

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  2. Alexa S. said:

    We definitely felt very similarly about Red Queen! I do think that there’s true potential in the series, but overall, I wasn’t as impressed by it as I wanted to be.

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  3. Katrina @ Chased By My Imagination said:

    I’m so disappointed! To be honest though, after reading Red Rising (which by the way is fantastic) I thought that the two books sounded very similar in plot-line. I still want to check this out because it sounds like their could be some potential, but I can see a lot of people have hyped this up and will probably be disappointed.

    Katrina @ Chased By My Imagination

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  4. Yani said:

    Oh no, I thought this one is good. i won a copy of it. Bit disappointed tho but Iwill still be reading it. 🙂

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  5. lenguyen said:

    Đặt mua vé máy bay đi úc khứ hồi giá rẻ . Đặt ngay vé máy bay đi sài gòn để có tấm vé máy bay khuyến mãi.

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  6. Tiffany said:

    I actually really enjoyed this book and gave it 4 stars. I read it last year around the time that it was released and I can’t wait for the next book…maybe it will get better? I don’t know. There is still potential to improve! If you have any time, it would mean a lot if you could check out my blog? I just started book blogging and it would be nice to get a follow on bloglovin’ and some constructive feedback 🙂 Thank you

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  7. shaylee said:

    I loved this book it was amazing I plan on doing a review on it on my book blog. I finished it forever ago but every time went to go write it I just could not put everything I loved about in to words.

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