The Red Queen (Red Queen Series) by Victoria Aveyard Book Review

The following review is entirely my opinion. I encourage you to comment but please be respectful. If you don't agree with my opinion that's completely ok. These reviews are not meant to be facts or endorsements. I am sharing my opinion and perspective of this novel.


By: Victoria Aveyard
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Series: Red Queen #1
Publisher:Harper Teen
Publication Date:10th February 2015
Pages: 383

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 ...



The book was well written and entertaining. However, it for certain part it did feel a bit predictable. Nevertheless, I did allow myself to buy into the story regardless of its predictability.

The story is about the kick ass heroine, Mare. She is sassy and headstrong protector. She's Red, which means she has red blood. Reds are poor, live in the slums, and are just all round treated like crap. She lacks the skills to be apprenticed, and so she uses her pickpocketing abilities to try and set her family up for when she is conscripted into the army, once she turns 18. But of course, things don't quite go according to plan.

The princes, Cal and Maven. Cal is the older brother and heir to the throne. He is his father's pride and joy. Maven is the younger brother. He falls through the cracks; the shadow to his brother's flame, and it considered of little importance.

The world building was so tiring but so necessary.

Whereas I am just waiting for the "Badassery."

Which are the powers. Did I mention she can control lighting, not to mention an entire storm, if she concentrates hard enough. She can.

Next,anyone can betray anyone. This has to be the most haunting advice throughout the story. I was slowly going mad, but this advice was indeed truthful. Especially, when Maven  betrayed her. Even though I have suspicions about him.

The anti-climax was so depressing, I felt all my hope draining, when they were left in the arena. Another sign the story was well written.

That end tho. Beautiful.

My rating:

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