Friday, 3 March 2017

Red Queen (Red Queen #1) by: Victoria Aveyard

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy
Published: February 10, 2015 by: Orion
Pages: 383
Rating: 5/5 stars



In Mare's world, people are dominated by their blood: red or silver. The Red's, are the commoners, living often in poverty and forever in the shadows of The Silver's, the elite and brutal group that can be violent towards Red's. When Mare finds herself working in Silver Palace, she discovers that she has a deadly power, a power that poses a threat to The Silver's. The Silver's disguise her as one of her own, but as Mare starts growing feelings for a Silver prince, and starts to help a Red militant resistance group, it threatens everyone's world: red or silver.

THIS BOOK WAS UNREAL!!!! It's been a while since I have used all-caps and multiple exclamation points in a review, so you know that this is the real deal. I am a lover of a good plot that contains palaces and princes, so this book delivered on that and kept me entertained. AND THAT PLOT TWIST!!!!

I went into this thinking it would be too heavy. However once I realized that she would be going into a palace, I knew I would be hooked! I am such a sucker for fantasies that have kingdoms, good or bad. Because of this, the plot kept me intrigued, swooning over the princes and wanting to read more.

I loved all the characters in this book. Mare was so badass and exciting, she wasn't an annoying protagonist at all and I really loved her developments. The villains in this book were also so expertly crafted and so cunning, they roped me in and made me LOVE to hate them. That's always a good thing.

I also loved the concept of this book. Being separated from blood was so unique and also I think put a fantasy spin on the divide that we see within people even today. I definitely think that the rift between the two blood's was a metaphor for something that we could relate to, which was awesome.

Overall, an amazingly enthralling fantasy with kings, commoners and war. What else could you need?

Have you read Red Queen? What did you think?

Emily @ Paperback Princess

25 comments:

  1. I bought this a little while ago and haven't gotten around to it yet - glad you enjoyed it! :)

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  2. Glad you enjoyed this one! I think I rated it 5 stars on my first read but then down to 4 on my re-read if I remember correctly? Will you be reading the next one anytime soon??

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    1. I actually did read the next one and it was a lot more of a let-down for me. I think I rated it 2 stars :(

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    2. Yup... Me too. :( It was pretty awful. Apparently the third is much better though.... Here's hoping. I feel I need to try it just because I've already invested in books one and two!!

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  3. I'm really happy you loved Red Queen, Emily! It was a total cover buy for me, because all the negative reviews made me uninterested in it, but then I picked it up - albeit with very few expectations - AND IT WAS SO GOOD. I can see in the comments that you didn't like the sequel, though, so now I'm even more scared to pick that up. In any case, I'm waiting for it until my copy of King's Cage arrives and then read them back to back.
    Great review!

    Veronika @ The Regal Critiques

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    1. I saw it hyped up a lot a long time ago so that's the main reason why I picked it up and I'm so happy I did!! Although yeah, I really disliked the sequel because it had less of that "kingdom atmosphere" and was a lot more war-like :(

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  4. Omg I love this book!! Glass Sword didn't quite live up to it, but hopefully King's Cage is better...

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    1. I definitely agree! Glass Sword was a bit ofa let down.

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  5. I'm so glad you enjoyed it! When I first read it I was a little bit on the fence but after reading King's Cage recently and loving it I've been meaning to reread it.

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    1. After reading Glass Sword and really hating it I'm not sure if I want to continue! But I'm kind of curious about Kings Cage.

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  6. Nice review! It's been awhile since I've read Red Queen but I think I gave it 4 stars? I can't remember much but I do remember that big plot twist. That was crazy!

    anna | annaish

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    1. It was definitely shocking! And I loveddd it :)

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  7. Ooooooooooh you loved it! Veronika is actually preeetty disappointed in me because I couldn't really get into it and eventually gave up :D I hope I feel like picking this up one of these days...or SOME DAY. Great review! <3

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    1. Awww I hope you get back into it! It keeps getting good once you get into it! Although all my love was gone once I read the sequel :( lol!

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    2. Omg, now I don't think I'll ever pick this one up :D How awful that the sequel failed to live up to this!!!

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    3. It was so awful, but then again, I find that with a lot of the series I read :(

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  8. Great review! I'm debating whether to read this one cos the reviews are so mixed, but the cover is gorgeous ;)

    Amy @ A Magical World Of Words

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    1. The cover made up for all the mixed reviews for me haha!

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  9. Aw wow, I'm so happy you loved this! The synopsis sounds so interesting to me but I've seen a lot of mixed reviews for it! You've restored my faith though and I really want to read this again now! Great review 💖

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    1. You should! I'm happy I looked at the positive reviews because I really thought this book was so worth reading!

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    1. I'm not too sure anymore. I read the sequel and just couldn't get into it :(

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  11. Like I've said on my blog, I absoltutely loved Red Queen. This book was refreshing and new and I really enjoyed the plot and characters. The other books though...

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    1. Lol yeah, I think we can both agree that this series went downhill real quickly.

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