Saturday, October 31, 2015

Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard


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, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare's potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance - Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart...


I heard so much about this book everywhere, booktube, bookstagram, twitter, blogs, goodreads, just everywhere and as soon as I heard it was dystopia I was hoping it wasnt about a girl being something different than everyone else.. I was wrong.

The problem i have with this kind of plot is that it makes the character like a superhero and i don't like that, if you compare this character with Katniss, you can see that Katniss is just like any of us.
The plot did sound promising though, i went in this book expecting to be blown away vut not much of that really happen. I could figure out what "the bigger picture" was. What was going to happen etc. I found it to be a little bit.. predictable. It has some plot twists here and there which would interest a lot of people but it personally just didnt work for me.

The writing style was pretty simple, you read from Mare's point of view which isn't so fun to read from, but i will get to that later. While reading the book i did have a feeling like i have already read it all before, the sentence did seem really familiar to me for some reason. What i didn't like at all is a quote in the book "Revolution needs a spark". I dont think i need to elaborate on why i had a problem with that line.

Mare as a character was so annoying. The fact that she is the main character just makes it even worse. In the beginning she had goals and some plans and i was rooting for her but as the story progresses she becomes stupid and naive and the only thing she can think about is boys. Only a few times she snaps out of it and gives herself some worth thinking by her own without thinking about guys. She contradicts herself so much, she is angry about a boy and says she doesn't trust him and not even on the next page she already says that he wont lie to her. This character gave me so much problems i can't even describe my rage.

The only person I really like in the whole book that is worthy to be talked good of, is the queen. She is the only one in the book who didn't annoy me. Basically she was supposed to be evil and she kept her role and played it excellent.

The romance triangle in this book was so unnecessary and it wasn't even fun to read about honestly. The princes are both so stupid and Mare as well. Just horrible romance.

The relationship between Mare and her family in the beginning of the book i also loved, but as the story progresses she suddenly forgets about them completely until something related to them happens.

I wouldn't really recommend this book to be honest. If you have my taste in books you would probably want to avoid this book. It felt too cliche for me i guess.

I gave this book ★★ on Goodreads.


  1. The novel of full of the aristocratic mood and behaviors of characters. I don't know but at least for me it is so! their intentions are rather predicted!