Red Queen

Red Queen

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, M...

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Title:Red Queen
Author:Victoria Aveyard
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Red Queen Reviews

  • Rachel E. Carter

    Whatever marketing team came up with that tag for this series clearly never read the book. Red Queen is Game of Thrones with Katniss as the Mockingjay with X-Men in a tantalizing YA twist of magical perfection.

    Three quotes that summarize this series spoiler-free:

    Meet the

    Silver Court and their current royal family.

    Sooooooooo… My initial reaction:

    Whatever marketing team came up with that tag for this series clearly never read the book. Red Queen is Game of Thrones with Katniss as the Mockingjay with X-Men in a tantalizing YA twist of magical perfection.

    Three quotes that summarize this series spoiler-free:

    Meet the

    Silver Court and their current royal family.

    Sooooooooo… My initial reaction:

    I have to wait another year??? Let me repeat:

    …Yeaaaaa, I'm totally cool with that.

    Alright. Now to my actual thoughts on this book. I marked the whole thing as a spoiler because I am lazy but yea, trust me when I say you don’t want this ruined (so read on at your own peril):

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  • Sasha Alsberg

    That plot twist though....

    That betrayal though....

    MIND = BLOWN

    Red Queen was fantastic, especially the ending! Wow!

  • Lola

    4 1/2 stars.

    . Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed this enormously, but I simply know I’ll love it even

    on the big screen. That way, we will actually see, in colour and with all its intensity, the Silve

    4 1/2 stars.

    . Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed this enormously, but I simply know I’ll love it even

    on the big screen. That way, we will actually see, in colour and with all its intensity, the Silver’s abilities, superpowers. Plus, it would be interesting to see how the author imagined her world-building, for I had trouble visualising it while reading.

    There are cars and screens and cameras… so it can’t be an historical setting (despite the slight vibe of it), but I wouldn’t think it to be a science-fiction one either… or contemporary, for sure. Basically, the author created her own world – which is admirable – melding Dystopia and High Fantasy as genres. The result is pretty impressive, let me tell you.

    It was relatively easy to immerge into the storyline. I wasn’t surprised to discover that Miss Aveyard is in fact a screenwriter as well as a book author, after finishing this, for

    . Really, I stand by my claim that this will make a successful movie. Now we just have to wait and see.

    She wants the best for her people and tries to free them with as much power as she can muster, but her taking rash important decisions draws affliction to her person and people around her. A lot. Lot.

    I enjoyed her and her vision of a better world for Reds, but couldn’t exactly connect with her. I’m more of a thinker, ponderer, while she’s definitely a combatant. We could make a great team, heh, the two of us!

    You know what? There is a love triangle – almost… square? – but it wasn’t a bother. It made sense and, here and there, was actually

    If you think that there will be no sacrifices/collateral damages to getting the freedom desired, well then you might be quite shocked! Not devious or as pitiless as the ones in the TV show Game of Thrones, but it wouldn’t please me to be in Mare’s place. I’ll just wait until the war is done to sneak into this world and conquer a prince’s love, *wink* *wink*.

    deserves everything it acquired thus far: thousands of five-star ratings and reviews from readers of all over the world, a discernable tremendous hype that got to me with much force and… its standing as #1 New York Times Bestseller!

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  • Jesse (JesseTheReader)

    This was fantastic! I thoroughly enjoyed this crazy adventure of a book. I will say though that it did take a bit of time for me to really get into this book. I also felt the world is still a bit underdeveloped for my liking, but I'm hoping that I gain a better understanding for everything in the sequel. Other than that such an exciting read, full of twists and turns that will leave you flailing all over the place! HECK I'M STILL FLAILING.

  • Jesse (JesseTheReader)

    After re-reading this, I stand by my original 4 star rating and my overall enjoyment of this book. I want to make it clear that I know this book does not have the most original concept and it also uses a lot of tropes, but I still had such a fun time reading it. I love the characters and the shock factor and the world. I can't wait to give Gla

    After re-reading this, I stand by my original 4 star rating and my overall enjoyment of this book. I want to make it clear that I know this book does not have the most original concept and it also uses a lot of tropes, but I still had such a fun time reading it. I love the characters and the shock factor and the world. I can't wait to give Glass Sword a go and see where Victoria Aveyard takes this story.

  • Kat O'Keeffe

    I'm kinda conflicted over this book. It was well written and entertaining, and if it didn't feel so similar to some other books I could have really enjoyed it. But there were just

    many elements that had me thinking, "Yep, I've definitely seen this before." There were also some aspects that felt very contrived, so I had to really work at suspending my disbelief to buy into it.

    Ultimately, I thought this book was an entertaining read, and I totally get why some people are LOVING it. But for me p

    I'm kinda conflicted over this book. It was well written and entertaining, and if it didn't feel so similar to some other books I could have really enjoyed it. But there were just

    many elements that had me thinking, "Yep, I've definitely seen this before." There were also some aspects that felt very contrived, so I had to really work at suspending my disbelief to buy into it.

    Ultimately, I thought this book was an entertaining read, and I totally get why some people are LOVING it. But for me personally it was just too generic, and I didn't feel like there was anything truly special to set it apart from the crowd.

  • Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more

    This book didn't start out terribly.

    I mean, come on . . . royals with superpowers? And a heroine from amongst the downtrodden servant class? Okay, yes, that

    sound kind of familiar, especially considering that said downtrodden heroine is a

    , but beyond that I didn't feel like there were many similarities. And as much as I love

    and

    , I would jump all over it if I thought this book was a copycat.

    BUT. Sold as I was (at first), the heavy-hand

    This book didn't start out terribly.

    I mean, come on . . . royals with superpowers? And a heroine from amongst the downtrodden servant class? Okay, yes, that

    sound kind of familiar, especially considering that said downtrodden heroine is a

    , but beyond that I didn't feel like there were many similarities. And as much as I love

    and

    , I would jump all over it if I thought this book was a copycat.

    BUT. Sold as I was (at first), the heavy-handed descriptions and comparisons, piled on top of unnecessary flourishes, piled on top of

    comparisons . . . *sighs*

    For example:

    "Backs bent by work" was sufficient to get the point across. "Unanswered hope" lent poignancy. BUT "the inevitable disappointment" blah, blah, turned a statement that could have been a powerful illustration into overkill.

    Was this an isolated incident? *snorts*

    Hey, lady! This concept:

    It's a good one. FYI.

    And that wasn't the only problem:

    1. I hadn't given much thought to why I typically crave bloodthirstiness from my heroines. Previously, when it was an issue, it was in regards to only two types of characters: those who stepped up, and those who didn't.

    Turns out there's a third type.

    She who makes the hard decision:

    Dithers over that decision:

    (Damn right, he is. And a husband, and a son, and a grandson, and maybe an uncle and a nephew, too. THEY ALL ARE, you daft cow.)

    Then sticks her head in the sand like a fraking ostrich after the decision is carried out:

    I've said before that if you're going to be an assassin, you need to own it.

    I'm adapting that statement: if you're going to kill someone for the "greater good," you need to be decisive about it. And if you're having legitimately conflicted thoughts, then maybe you shouldn't be killing anyone. But regardless, YOU TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR ACTIONS.

    You don't go all Scarlett O'Hara and say, "I'll think about that tomorrow." *flutters hands delicately*

    You know why? B/c Scarlett O'Hara would make a damn terrible assassin, that's why.

    And Mare Barrow makes an equally terrible freedom fighter. She's this BAFFLING combination of ruthlessness, pragmatism, compassion, self-entitlement, and poor self-esteem that causes her to constantly second guess herself.

    Beyond that . . . I'm not sure how down I am with the cause.

    It's one thing to kill in the heat of battle or to premeditatedly take out a Bad Guy, but to play god, picking and choosing who will die b/c their death will create more chaos than that-person-over-there . . .?

    *frowns and squints*

    The whole scenario sat poorly with me. But

    reasons for being uncomfortable were totally different than Mare's, so instead of bonding with her, I wanted to smack her.

    Sometimes MCs make mistakes. They're supposed to learn from those mistakes--that's what humanizes them, that's what spurs character growth--but Mare never takes a hard look at herself. She stays almost completely two-dimensional, and I say

    , b/c she's too selfish to be truly flat.

    2. Then there's (if you haven't started noticing it already) the melodrama:

    Crying . . . in the rain. Then comparing herself . . . to MAKEUP . . . and coming up short . . . Really?

    But this one's my favorite:

    So long ago?

    Hmm . . . you like tacos, too? That's CRAZY. Me, I friggin' love tacos. It

    a small world.

    3. I don't hate all love triangles . . .

    When they don't get ridiculous, sometimes I even like the tension they create.

    BUT.

    There is something inherently sordid about messing around with brothers. It's tacky. Don't do it. *flares nostrils*

    And I'm going to have to stop, b/c I'm nearing my (self-imposed) word limit. But know that as well as being melodramatic and a coward, Mare Barrow is also self-centered, irrational, AND inconsistent. If you really want to hear me rant some more, I'll spoiler tag it in my Goodreads review. Beyond that, the book was 100% predictable, and the methods employed to overthrow the corrupt government were every bit as reprehensible as the government itself. Not recommended.

    SPOILERY rant time! Starting where I left off:

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  • Emily May

    It was boring, light and silly, and I'm pretty sure I've already read the basic premise of this book in Pierce Brown's

    .

    I made it to 60% on my kindle and then skimmed for a bit, but I've been attempting to read this book for over a week now and the magic was evidently lost on me. When you're reading a book and you reach a point where you think "is it too soon to DNF this?", you know things must be bad. It's so sad, though, because everything about

    wa

    It was boring, light and silly, and I'm pretty sure I've already read the basic premise of this book in Pierce Brown's

    .

    I made it to 60% on my kindle and then skimmed for a bit, but I've been attempting to read this book for over a week now and the magic was evidently lost on me. When you're reading a book and you reach a point where you think "is it too soon to DNF this?", you know things must be bad. It's so sad, though, because everything about

    was just screaming "love me, Emily!" before I picked it up.

    It's not because of the love triangle, either. I've said before that an author can easily sell me a well-executed love triangle - so nope, it wasn't that. Let me tell you a sad little truth about this book and I can take it straight from the blurb:

    That's an odd mash-up to use in your marketing anyway. Like

    meets

    or something similar. But, whatever, there was a rather distinct lack of

    in that 60% I actually forced myself through. Maybe it comes later... but I no longer have any interest in sticking around to find out. There was way too much of

    's mean girl antics to make this book interesting.

    The part of this book I read was sooooo slooooow. Painfully slow. We're introduced to a world that had potential but remained incredibly basic, bringing nothing particularly new to the table. There are two kinds of people in this world - Silvers and Reds. The former are the ruling class, have silver blood, and sometimes possess special abilities like mind control and elemental manipulation. The Reds are a slave class who are ruled over by the Silvers and live in poverty.

    Mare is a Red who, in unexpected circumstances, discovers that she has powers of her own. In order to keep an eye on her and learn more about the powers she possesses, she is disguised as a Silver and trained within the Silver palace. All the other women in the novel instantly hate her (usually for no good reason) and all the men see sunshine radiating out of the pores of her skin (metaphor for "cue love triangle").

    Ooookaayy. And this is the description for

    :

    Of course, there's a revolution brewing in both books too. And both main characters pretend to be members of the other class. I mean... it's like the word "Gold" was just replaced with "Silver" and all the socialist angst was replaced with high school bitchy angst.

    There was so little action in that first 60% that I literally had to force myself through pages and pages of Mare flirting with the Silver prince - Cal - and the prince's betrothed - Evangeline - hating Mare as soon as she set eyes on her. This book was a constant showdown between the innocent MC and the bitchy mean girl (and her gang of mean girls). Hell... you can even match the characters up to their high school cliques. And I'm sure Evangeline's meanness is going to be used as an excuse for Mare to run off with Cal and not lose any sleep over it. Maybe not... but probably.

    The main problem for me was that the revolution and the bigger war going on between the Silvers and Reds wasn't given enough attention. I felt like the plot relied on the romantic aspect and the angst to propel it along. Neither of which I cared about.

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  • Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

    I'm just so fucking

    .

    Mare is a

    who can't shut up one second to look at something else than herself. She keeps acting without thinking and gets numerous people harmed/killed.

    She's a

    through and through, because she's

    you know and

    can be done without her.

    She's in a constant

    and doesn't even acknowledge that fact.

    There is a love-tri

    ① I'm just so fucking

    .

    ② Mare is a

    who can't shut up one second to look at something else than herself. She keeps acting without thinking and gets numerous people harmed/killed.

    ③ She's a

    through and through, because she's

    you know and

    can be done without her.

    ④ She's in a constant

    and doesn't even acknowledge that fact.

    ⑤ There is a love-triangle (square?) but it's not what annoys me. The fact that

    does annoy me, though. Now, as bland and hollow as they are, I still don't understand what they see exactly in Mare but who am I to judge?

    ME NEITHER, Mare, me neither.

    ⑥ She's not sarcastic but just plain rude and oh so WHINY.

    ⑦ She can't seem to find any redeeming quality in any other woman. Guess what? I'm not finding any redeeming quality in you either.

    . Why, oh why do women always hate other women ON SIGHT in these books? Just TELL ME.

    : "From the way her fingers tighten, I can tell she wants nothing more than to wrap her hands around my throat."

    : "Before I have a chance to take a breath, a pair of girls steps in front of me. Their smiles are fake and cold, just like their eyes."

    : "I observed," she clips, already hating me."

    I'm not the kindest person of the world by any means, but I never hated someone ON SIGHT. For fuck sake. We will never see men doing that in books and that's what sickens and maddens me. It spreads the message that we women are sly and hateful. Oh but wait!

    ⑧ The

    are just obnoxious. Say the girl who didn't like Red Rising, though.

    Yeah, right. Never seen this before.

    ⑨ I'm just so fucking bored, but I already said that, didn't I? B-bu-but

    happens!

    ⑩ Perhaps it __________ be better if there aren't all these plot ____________. You know, when ____________ want us to believe in a rebellion without even ____________. People are starving but WHO CARES? There is a rebellion but WHO CARES? The Queen can read minds but OMG she can't guess anything? HOW FUCKING CONVENIENT.

    ⑪ The

    or of any descriptions, really, gave me the impression that the characters walked in a BLANK bubble.

    Too bad I don't care about any of the characters.

    .

    Oh and you people!

    (my Kindle found 38, and my favorite is :

    The Fuck? I would

    love to see that!)

    Ps. I'm Team #TheOneWhoWillKillHer *smirks*

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