Wednesday, 4 February 2015

ARC Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen (Red Queen #1)
Behind  320 Pages
Released: 10 February 2015
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: Orion
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At the Other End:
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 . . .

Victoria Aveyard was born and raised in small town Massachusetts before moving to Los Angeles for college. She earned a BFA in screenwriting from the University of Southern California, and splits her time between the East and West Coast. She is currently an author and screenwriter, hard at work on her next books and screenplays.

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A fascinating story that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end. Snarky and witty, you will never be bored. Believe the hype.

You all know how much I’ve been talking craving this book for months now right? Well, let me just say that it lived up to all my expectations, and was even better! Can you even believe that? Now just imaging how super amazing this book is and times it by 10. Maybe I’m getting a little carried away because this book lived up to all my expectation, exceeded them and I’ve been pining over it for months. Let me try to review this now, I’m not guaranteeing a proper review (just saying). But first, this was me while reading this book. I'm pretty sure everyone hated me:

Mare is one of those characters that you instantly love, and you can’t help it. Her attitude, quick wit and her strength (especially for someone like her, a lowly Red) are what instantly draw you to her and you can’t help but connect with her instantly. Throughout the whole book, I felt like I was in tune with her character and her mindset. It was fantastic being able to experience this, because there aren’t many characters that you can connect to on this level. Even though you didn’t get the feel for ever other character in the novel, like Mare, they were all cloaked in some sort of shroud, so you wouldn’t know exactly who they were until the characters themselves wanted to reveal their true colours. It made me feel like such a Pawn going through this book, knowing that someone is hiding something, or hating someone because of suspicion. 

The plot is a definite driving force in this book. The pacing picks up where it’s needed, yet it always carries that undertone of a race against the lies this society depends on and when it will all come out. One thing is for sure, this book is crazy addictive. Once you pick this book up, you will not want to stop for anything. It is a Singer, and it’s making you want to read and read until the last pages reveal themselves. The writing was completely captivating, and it just made that pull even more irresistible. 

I felt like I was always learning something in this book. Whether it was from all the lies to learning the truth (or parts of it), Mare’s ability to all the other abilities the Silver’s have, there was always something going on, even when there was nothing going on. Red Queen doesn’t leave you with much though as to what is going to happen in the book, but let me just say, that I did have a feeling about one tiny detail that was revealed in the epilogue. It feels like it’s been a while since I’ve been truly shocked by something that has been revealed in a book, and this one made me feel gobsmacked multiple times, especially towards the end. Wow, some of the twists that occurred, just really set in the book’s tagline, ‘Power is a dangerous game.’ In this world, anyone and basically everyone will betray you if they have the means.

This is a definite read; I couldn’t recommend this book enough to all of you! Is it ok to start pathetically pining for the next book? Oops, too late, already happening... 

This novel was received for review via Hachette Australia. This review is entirely my own, no bribery or any deals have been made to sway this review or change my personal opinion of the novel.


  1. Great to hear you loved this one too Gina - It was such a pleasant surprise that it lived up to the hype and was a dystopian that really does stand out from the rest, for all the right reasons. Fabulous review :)

    1. I completely agree, especially after hearing non stop about it, it's great to see it live up to all the expectations. Thanks!

  2. I want this book so bad and have it on order at my local Dymocks. I can't wait until the 10th. I'm so glad you loved it and it was even better than you were expecting. I have such high hopes for this book. Great review :)

    1. This book is definitely worth the wait! It is amazing in every single way. I hope the book lives up to your expectations when you get the chance to read it.


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