Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen
Victoria Aveyard
HarperTeen
[February 10, 2015]
egalley via Edelweiss


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.

From debut author Victoria Aveyard comes a lush, vivid fantasy series where loyalty and desire can tear you apart and the only certainty is betrayal.

I had very conflicted feelings on this book.

For most of the read, I found things to be just okay. Nothing super special or flashy to stand out to me. I almost put it down a few times, but it was a quick enough read and not poorly written. I was intrigued and I still really liked this premise.

Then I got to the end. And oh my damn. Things got real.

It really wasn't a stand out book for me until that ending, which shocked me a bit and totally drew me in. It was disappointing to know that's where the book ended and I'd have to wait a REALLY long time (especially since I read this over the summer) to see what happened next. It's kind of killing me, months later, how that book ended. And I'm going to have to read book 2.

There's nothing I can say that was wrong with it to explain why it wasn't grabbing me. It was well written and I liked the premise and there were some really great, intriguing relationships between the characters. I think I was just expecting something different when I picked it up and didn't get that - until the end. Most people do seem to really enjoy it, so I'm in the minority here.

I would recommend checking this out. It's not a favorite for me and I still don't really love it, but I do see Victoria Aveyard's skill and I need to know where book 2 is going. Me and sequels tend to be tricky, so for me to still be determined, months later, to check it out, I know this book has something really good going for it. And I'm excited to see what comes next.

--Julie

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