Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Release Date: Feb. 10. 2015
Harper Teen: Young Adult
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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?
There is this blog I follow (On The Same Page) that consists of three bloggers who created what is called ARC Tours, not blog tours, where they are donated ARC’s and other bloggers sign up to be apart of. It is basically passing the book on to different bloggers and readers around the US before the books released date!
So I decided to sign up and be apart of the ARC tours. I have been apart of, I think, 6? I love the idea of receiving the books from a blogger/reader, reading the book and then passing it on to another blogger/reader so they can enjoy the book as I did. It is a fun way to meet new friends and read new books. It is not necessary to post reviews of the ARC but if you would like to then you do. I personally haven’t posted reviews of the 6 books I did get to read because I was swamped with other reviews but this time I made myself sit and write this one because I was so in love with the book and had to write about it!
The Red Queen is called by many “Graceling meets The Selection” but I honestly do not agree with them. This book was its own and I loved the world , the characters and the deceiving ploys that happened along the way. From the beginning I was grappled by the main character, Mare, and her life as a Red. Reds are the lower class because of their blood color (red) and are below the Silvers whose blood is silver meaning they hold powers within their blood. My favorite part in the book was the different powers the Silvers had. It ranges from people who could manipulate metal, water, fair, light and even the mind of others.
I feel like I can’t explain how I feel about this book like I want to or I will tell you all what happens because I want you all to read it for yourselves and enjoy as much as I did.
What I can tell you is that the author exploits the world building and characters beautifully, dropping the biggest betrayals, secret affairs and writing of surprising deaths that has you feeling empty and just feeling it all at once!
In the book we are quickly introduced to the characters and its dystopian world that grabs your attention quickly, not letting you go until its heartbreaking ending that leaves you begging for more while simultaneously casting curses on the author for making you wait another year. I loved how fast paces the book was despite its thick size. Oh and when the characters used their Silver powers?
It. Blew. My. Mind.
Especially Mare and her “strange” and “unknown” power? Goodness she was such a badass that I was whooping and clapping for her throughout the book. I devoured this in a day or so and could not get enough. I am so upset that I have to wait a year on the sequel cause I am dying to know what happens next! The doing was one of the worst cliffhangers for me but also had me that much more excited.
I think this is all I can say for now before I spoil some of you. Thank you for reading and I hope you get a copy for yourself soon so we can fangirl about incredible 5-star book together!
Over and out.