Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Title: Red Queen
Series: Red Queen, #1
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Category: Fantasy/Science-Fiction
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 3.5/4 stars out of 5 
The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.

To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.

Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of 
those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.

But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?

My Review

First and foremost I will have to say Red Queen was not what I was expecting, in both good and bad ways. I was actually back and forth with what rating I wanted to give it, but it was the overall aspect of the difference between bloods, the idea behind the powers different blood could have, that pushed it (barely) to a rating of four stars.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I did really enjoy this book, but I was expecting a more high fantasy (no technology) kind of world. That is, however, not the case here. The book is a mix of both high fantasy elements with more advanced technologies you’ll get from science-fiction/dystopian based books. In all honesty, I didn’t really enjoy that aspect all that much. The whole different bloods and power element –which had a very X-Men feel to it—was why I wanted to pick up the book in the first place, but the more advanced technological parts didn’t always work for me.
“I woke up this morning as one person, and now I'm supposed to be someone else entirely.” 
I did enjoy the characters and felt that Aveyard created a nice cast, both dynamic and intriguing. She created contrasting characters and I enjoyed watching each role they played. Mare, though at times annoyed me, was a good female lead. Though she gets thrown into a very dangerous and deadly role when it’s discovered she isn’t just a normal red. It was interesting seeing her play the dangerous political games, and watching her grow with each development. But I also felt she (I don’t know how to say this without spoiling the book) trusted too easily for my taste, as if she never really thought beforehand.

Cal was probably my favorite character. I enjoyed watching him overcome his statue and role. He too does get challenged like Mare, but in a completely different way. I was sad, but also proud of him in the end.

The romance, of course, was a sublime if not a little predictable element to the story. At times I enjoyed it, but at other times I didn’t. I also hated Maven from the moment he appeared in the book.  And about halfway through, I was able to see through the facades of some characters –so I pretty much guessed the turn of events.  The plot was intriguing, as I mentioned, if not somewhat predictable. It did move at a decent pace, for me.  Some of Mares actions and decisions didn’t feel believable at times, like she wasn’t really thinking. 
“I see a world on the edge of a blade. Without balance, it will fall.” 
But despite a few things that I, personally, didn’t enjoy, I really liked the book overall. I definitely want to see more the characters’ growth and what is next for them. So I know I’ll be continuing this series. 


  1. Yes, glad I could relate to your review. Thank you for the honesty, the romance was a bit icky at times, but I do like the ending so let's see what the next installment in the series has to offer. Lovely review overall! <3 Benish | Feminist Reflections

  2. I'm glad you read this one first, so now I'm prepared. I was not expecting a dystopia/ technology side to it... I mean it comes across as strictly high fantasy.. I'm still curious because it has gotten a ton of hype but I'm deff going to go in a bit more prepared now. Great review Magen!

    1. Personally, I would have enjoyed it more if it was just a high fantasy without all that technology. *sad sigh*

  3. This book is on top of my wishlist. I want it so bad!

    Awesome review. I have only heard great things about it!

    P.S. I'm so so sorry I haven't visited your blog in a while, but my life's been a little crazy lately :)


    1. Oh, don't be sorry! I've been busy lately too, so I completely understand. :)

  4. Wonderful Review!!! I love X-Men! It is pretty disappointing when you are expecting something from a book, and get something else. I'm glad you enjoyed the book overall, and the characters were intriguing :)

  5. I would've thought it was more High Fantasy too... interesting.
    The story sounds intriguing though and I love the sound of Cal! Great review!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

  6. Oh, that is unexpected! Despite the things that didn't work for you, I'm really glad to hear that enough did to make you want to continue the series. I know this: That is one awesome cover! LOL! Thank you for the wonderful and insightful review, sweet friend *smoosh*

  7. All the different powers are what made me love this book. I wish I had cool powers. I thought this was going to be a more high fantasy book as well (just look at the cover), but I still liked it a lot even though it wasn't what I thought it would be. I'm sorry you were a little disappointed.


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