Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Series: Red Queen #1
Publication: February 10th 2015 by HarperTeen
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Format: Hardcover, 383 pages
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      Mare Barrow's world is divided by blood―those with common, Red blood serve the Silver-blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. Before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own.
     To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play 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 everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard―a growing Red rebellion―even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays, the only certainty is betrayal.


THE TORTURE IS UNBEARABLE!

We'll have to wait for another year for the second book
but but but
a novella entitled Queen Song (Red Queen #0.5) is coming this September!!


I am very sure that that novella will be a dandy read just like Red Queen! I just feel uncool towards the readers who have not liked this book at all but oh, well, it's the beaut of reading, we see each story differently.

They don't know the meaning of danger or fear or pain. It's only their pride that can be truly hurt. ― Victoria Aveyard, Red Queen

An edition on Goodreads had a synopsis of Red Queen as "Graceling meets The Selection". Surely whoever wrote or decided to put that selling tag have never read the book. Shame! It could mislead readers especially those who love Graceling and The Selection. I have not read both books but I know the flow! Like, duh?

But somehow, one edition brought the justice! "A thrilling new fantasy trilogy for fans of DIVERGENT and THE HUNGER GAMES."! Yes, people! If you are a buff of those books, you will love Red Queen! In the middle, as things went bumpy on Mare and Maven, I can feel a Katniss Everdeen spirit on Mare, then everything was like Mockingjay! Well, not exactly the same but UGH.


Red Queen was written by Victoria Aveyard showing us equality. That even in a dystopian world, there is no equality because of corruption of power, and in Red Queen, the Silvers and Reds are the powerful and the powerless. Through the protagonist, we experience both the color lives―from Mare Borrow to Lady Mareena Titanos. She have grown the inadequate life and justice of a Red but went to live the fulgent powers and abilities of the Silvers, only then that dimmed her.

"I didn't ask if you could read it," he replies, still pleasant. "Besides, words can lie. See beyond them." ― Victoria Aveyard, Red Queen

The other characters are substantially mark! Maven is an outstanding one. If Red Queen would be a movie soon, I want to tell the director to please give a justice to Maven's character. He's definitely the most important character aside Mare. Get a great actor!! And what makes Red Queen even an implausible fantasy read? QUEEN ELARA. She's on my top demagogue list! You will know her and you'll love her when you read this book. Not saying much details because I'm pushing you to read Red Queen!


From a debut author Victoria Aveyard comes an exquisite read of savagery, where a seventeen year old Red is bound to take integrity. A profound, tremendous read for every MOCKINGJAYxGAMEOFTHRONES lover.


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Source: Won

38 comments

  1. I enjoyed this book as well. It always seems like forever for a book you want to come out. :)

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    1. Indeed, Melissa! Glad we both enjoyed this. Yay!

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  2. Ahaahaa I loved reading this! It definitely makes it seem like this book made you feel all the feels :D I have added this one to my TBR because it sounds like my kind of book!

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    1. Thank you, Olivia! :>
      It really made me feel all the FEEEEELSS!!
      Please, please read it. I'm sure you will love it. But I warn you with the ending!

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  3. Yaaaaas this book! IT WAS TRULY THE AMAZINGEST THING TO EVER EXIST AND GOOD GOD THE TWIST AT THE END MADE ME AASDFGHJKL;

    Lovely review, Yani <33

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    1. OH YESSS MELANIE!
      I HATE IT WHEN THE SCARLET GUARD DIDN'T TELL US THAT THAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN AAAAAH I'M BLIND AS MARE!
      THANKS x

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  4. At first before Red Queen was released, I wanted to read it soooo bad. Then it came out, reviews started rolling in, and I seen soooo many people disappointed with the story! I never let that sway me from picking a book up, especially since I've already purchased it, but I'm soooo on the fence about reading it. I most likely will, I just hope I enjoy it! I love your review style girl * kisses *

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    1. Thank yooooooooou so much, Martika, for appreciating my review style. That's how it goes when I don't know how to review a book but with all the rage of my feels! *Evil grin!

      Oh yes, I'm disappointed after reading and reviewing Red Queen. Some do agree with me but mostly they don't. *Sigh. I really blame the selling tag Graceling meets The Selection. (Sorry not sorry.) People are expecting things differently. ARGH.

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  5. This is actually my next read and I'm kind of scared because of the mixed reviews but I'm glad you loved this! I hope this book doesn't disappoint me, lol. Great review, Yani! :)

    Blessie @ Mischievous Reads

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    1. Oh, I'm excited for you! Please do read it and I hope you enjoy it. :) Thanks, Blessie!

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  6. I'm glad you enjoyed this book! I read it earlier this year and I gave it 3 stars but I really want to reread it after all the good stuff people have been saying about it.

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    1. You can reread it anytime you want! I hope you will enjoy it the second time around. :)

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  7. I heard so much about this one, mainly now that we have it in French too and I confess that I'm curious but the reviews are quite different. I think I need to try to see how it is for me. I'm glad you had a great time!

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    1. It is in French now? I wonder how it is in that language! Try it for you to see, Melliane! I'm sure you'll love it. :)

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  8. Like you, I also enjoyed Red Queen! My problem was that especially in the beginning, there was so much overlap with other novels in the genre. (Then again, who wouldn't love a mashup of some of the best in YA?!) Loved your review, Yani and I'm glad you loved the book so much.

    I'm happy to have stumbled across your blog today. xx

    Julia Anne @ Peach Print

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    1. Hello, Julia! Welcome to my blog. I hope you keep on coming back here. Haha.
      Oh yes, I have problems with it on the very first but it is getting good when Kilorn inserted. LOL. Thanks!

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  9. Yeah, I need to read this one bad. Sounds amazing. Don't like the false advertisement though with the tagline.

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    1. It is, Jenn! I hope you will enjoy reading Red Queen! <3

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  10. The moment that I read the title I was already in love haha. Plus the cover is amazing! Tho there are a lot of mixed reviews on this one, I can't help but feel excited about it hihi

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    1. The hype is surreal, Jules! You should read this right now! ;D

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  11. I ended up completely loving this one. Yes there were some parallel's to other famous series but don't all dystopian novels have common threads? I didn't mind the similarities, if ound that Victoria Aveyard managed to make this one her own perfectly. brilliant review!

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    1. I am glad you love this one, Lily! I believe you're right on that. Oh, yes. I didn't mind the similarities too bc I really enjoyed it. Thank you! ;)

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  12. I love love LOVED this too and couldn't understand why so many readers were indifferent about it. I mean, it's got all the best parts of our favourite fantasy and dystopians thrown into one. Who WOULDN'T enjoy that! I actually had no idea there was a novella coming out. HOORAY! We need it. Desperately. I still don't know how we'll survive until book two, especially with that ending as well. Brilliant review Yani, I'm absolutely thrilled you loved this one too <3

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    1. The same, Kelly! I could not and never will understand them WHY.
      Are you excited? Because I am, too! I hope we'll read the novella and show the world how good it is just like Red Queen. :)
      I know we will survive on waiting, Kelly. Mare will not let us get tortured. LOL. Thank you! <3<3

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  13. I heard so much about this book, and lots and lots of people saying how amazing this is. Your review just confirmed it: I NEED to get this book as soon as possible! And I absolutely LOVE this cover!
    Great review ! :)

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    1. As much as lot of people tells this books is good, it also equals those who don't agree, Marie. *Sigh.* Anyway, I hope you would have fun reading Red Queen and join the hype! I love the cover, too. Thanks!

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  14. I LOVE this book. it was really interesting to read about the whole Red vs. Silvers thing and I LOVED the xmen like powers!!! Mare was certainly an amazing character but that plot twist made everything all the more memorable. KNOCKED ME RIGHT OFF MY FEET!!!

    Great review, lovely <3

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    1. You said it all right, Nova! Glad we both love Red Queen! Thanks! :)

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  15. Yes!! "From a debut author Victoria Aveyard comes an exquisite read of savagery" that's it exactly. So glad you loved The Red Queen ... now the terrible wait, lol. Ohhh, and that ending just got me. Thanks for the great review, Yani :)

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    1. I am glad too! But I'm never happy on the WAITING. :D You're welcome!

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  16. I've heard so many good words about this book that I want to read it NOW! I really need to go to a bookstore soon because now this book is all I can think of!
    Thanks for sharing!

    P.S Thanks for stopping by my blog. :D

    Athina @ Between my Lines
    http://between-my-lines.blogspot.gr/

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    1. Hey, pretty Athina! No problem. I'll visit again and again and again. :D And, please do. It's all worth visiting the bookstore near you.

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  17. I am one of those who didn't like this book that much.. *hides from tomatoes* It felt more like Red Rising to me than Selection.. I loved the ending though & that amazing plot twist so I do look forward to reading the next installment :) It does have a beautiful cover though. Lovely review though<3 Benish | Feminist Reflections

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    1. It's okay, Benish. We have different outlook on every book so no worries. :) I am still glad you'll read the next book. I hope then you'll like it. Thanks!

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  18. YES YES YESSSS!! THIS BOOK! That plot twist left me so dumbfounded! I almost threw my phone at the wall in disbelief! Even until now, I still can't get over how good this book is. I can't wait for The Glass Sword! Eep!

    Julie @ Books and Insomnia

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    1. HA! I knew it. Everyone is dumbfounded with that twist! I can't wait for it, too. :D

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