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Book Review – Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Series: Red Queen, #1
Genre:
 Young Adult, Supernatural, Dystopia
Pages: 383
Published: February 10, 2015 by HarperTeen
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Sypnosis:

This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart …

Review:

This book wasn’t actually added to my reading list just until this week.  I’ve read a Facebook post from a local mall here in Cebu that a bestselling author, named Victoria Aveyard will be having a book signing tour here next month. And I was curious because honestly, this is the first time that I’ve heard about the author.  So I’ve searched for her books online and found out that her book series, the Red Queen is one of those books that I’ve been eyeing for quite some time now. As you have known, I easily get attracted to books that have a unique and beautiful covers and this book is one of them. But unfortunately, time and circumstances didn’t gave me the luxury to add this book to my reading list before. But as what I always say, it’s better late than never eh?

And since I love its book cover, I can’t help but expect a lot from it. But unfortunately, I was disappointed because I find its first few chapters a bit boring. I’ve been into a “grim” mood lately after my unexpected sojourn at our province, so maybe that’s the reason behind it. I was even tempted to take this book aside, but I don’t know what drive me into continuously reading it. And I am really happy that I did because as I continue, my “grim” mood magically evaporated and I find myself enjoying this book!

I’m still adjusting and adapting into reading books with themes like this, so I thought it’s the reason why this book didn’t add fuel to my curiosity at first. As you can remember, the very first “supernatural” themed story that I’ve read was the Supernaturals Series by Kelly Oram, and it actually went well. And as you can see on my rating below, this story did entertain me at all.

I have to admit that while starting this story, I was also confused. The main reason why I only gave this book a 4-star rating was because this story started so fast. I mean, there’s no introduction or even glossary on what those “terms” are referring to. But fortunately for me, I was able to catch up though it was after reading its second chapter (still better late than never eh? haha) And also, it wasn’t just about the terms used but also about the rules the characters are practicing in this story. It was a bit confusing at the start, but when you can finally get a hang on it, you’ll absolutely enjoy this story like what I did.

Reading book is also a time where I play a game named “guessing game”, so yeah, I also had some guesses in this book. Actually, they’re just two of them. And lucky me, coz I was able to guess it right though the second guess didn’t went well. I mean, I was able to think that that’s what going to happen but because of further reading, I dropped the idea. But when I reached the ending, grrr! I also felt betrayed. I finished reading this book just last night and I am still having a terrible book hangover. I was really distracted at work this morning because the betrayal thingy keeps creeping in my head. It was so intense that I think I’m gonna cry of frustration. It wasn’t about the guessing game eh, but because of the story. I mean, I really can’t accept it! Grrrrr.

Sorry about the outburst, this story is just so intense haha.

As a first time reader from the author, I have to say that I was really impressed. Her writing style was undeniably amazing. And so far, I wasn’t able to encounter any hard to understand words that I need to check with my friend, Meriam D. The only concern I have in this book was the introduction of those alien terms that this book was using.

The plot. Dang! What can I say about it? Though I am still adapting, I have to say that I am starting to really like supernaturals themed stories now. Also, I love how she added a teenage romance (a certified sucker) in this action packed book. There were some questionable scenes that I’ve encountered from this story but so far, it didn’t hinder me to enjoy this book.

I don’t have any complaints at all on its characters. So far, the number of characters that was introduced wasn’t that hard to remember and you can easily tell them apart. The main male and female characters were also very effective. The spark they have crept into me that even if they are just talking made me giggle and squirm. Haha, that’s how a sucker of romance I am lol.

The ending was painful so I am really looking forward into reading the next book 😉

So yeah, it’s official, I am seriously going to read this series. Goodluck to me eh?

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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