Saturday, November 7, 2015

Red Queen

Mare Barrow's world is divided by blood- those with red and those with silver. Mare and her family are lowly Reds, destined to serve the Silver elite whose supernatural abilities make them nearly gods. Mare steals what she can to help her family survive, but when her best friend is conscripted into the army, she gambles everything to win his freedom. A twist of fate leads her to the royal palace itself, where, in front of the king and all his nobles, she discovers a power of her own- an ability she didn't know she had.

Except ... her blood is Red.

To hide this impossibility, the king forces her into 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 her new position to aid the Scarlet Guard - the leaders of a Red rebellion. Her actions put into motion a deadly and violent dance, pitting prince against prince and Mare against her own heart. - excerpt from book

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard is a debut book of said author. For a first book I think it's was quite good for me. I really liked the setting of the world, it's similar to other fantasy books that is themed around oppression, "super powers", rebellion and many more. Although there are many similar stories, this book is unique in the world that is built and not to forget the characters as well. Speaking of characters, I felt that the main heroine did not get much character growth instead the side characters were the ones who were more interesting for me to read about. I wished more were revealed about them but I guess it fits the plot.

The plot of the book was smooth and good, with some wonderful twists which I managed to predict a little bit. It was super exciting at the end, leaving a cliffhanger for the readers. I liked the direction of the story, it was quite good. One thing that would have made the book fantastic for me would be more action happening, of course there was action but more would be better.

In conclusion, this book was good with an ending that keeps you on your toes as you will have high expectations for the second book. I'm quite excited to read the next book in the trilogy as I have no idea what is coming. I have seen the book cover and title for the second book and I have to say I'm impressed and eagerly waiting for it. I would highly recommend this book to young adult fantasy lovers who like a society where citizens are oppressed and a rebellion is present. 

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