Book Review - Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard | Blushing Geek

Book Review – Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard | Blushing Geek

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Series: Red Queen, #1
Published on February 10, 2015 by HarperTeen
 Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 383
Source: Purchased
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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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 …


Since I love its book cover, I can’t help but expect a lot from it (yep, I’m very visual hahaha). But unfortunately, I was disappointed because I find its first few chapters a bit boring. I’ve been into a “grim” mood lately after my unexpected sojourn at our province, so maybe that’s the reason behind it. I was even tempted to take this book aside, but I don’t know what drove me into continuously reading it. And I am really happy that I did because as I go on, my “grim” mood magically evaporated and I find myself enjoying this book!

I’m still adjusting and adapting into reading books with themes like this, so I thought it’s the reason why this book didn’t add fuel to my curiosity at first. As you can remember, the very first “supernatural” themed story that I’ve read was the Supernaturals Series by Kelly Oram, and it actually went well. And as you can see above, this story did entertain me at too.

I have to admit that while starting this story, I was also confused. The main reason why I only lit the four stars above was because this story started so fast. I mean, there’s no introduction or even glossary on what those “terms” are referring to. But fortunately for me, I was able to catch up though it was after reading its second chapter (still better late than never eh? haha) And also, it wasn’t just about the terms used but also about the rules the characters are practicing in this story. It was a bit confusing at the start, but when you can finally get a hang on it, you’ll absolutely enjoy this story like what I did.

Reading books is also a time where I play a game named “guessing game”, so yeah, I also have some guesses in this book. Actually, they’re just two of them. And lucky me, coz I was able to guess it right though my second guess didn’t go well. When I reached the ending, grrr! I also felt betrayed. I finished reading this book last night and I am still having a hangover. I was really distracted at work this morning because the betrayal thing keeps popping in my head. It was intense and I think I’m gonna cry of frustration. It wasn’t about the guessing game, but because of the story. I mean, I really can’t accept it! Grrrrr. 

Sorry about the outburst, this story is just so intense haha.

As a first time reader from the author, I have to say that I was really impressed. Her writing style was undeniably amazing, which I noticed as early as its first chapter. And so far, I wasn’t able to encounter any hard to understand words that I need to check with my friend, Meriam D. The only concern I have in this book was the introduction of those alien terms that this book was using.

The plot. Dang! What can I say about it? Though I am still adapting, I have to say that I am starting to really like supernaturals themed stories now. Also, I love how she added a teenage romance (a certified sucker) in this action packed book. There were some questionable scenes that I’ve encountered from this story but so far, it didn’t hinder me to enjoy this book.

I don’t have any complaints at all about its characters. So far, the number of characters that were introduced weren’t that hard to remember and you can easily tell them apart. The main male and female characters were also very effective. The spark they have crept into me that even if they’re just talking made me giggle and squirm. Haha, that’s how much of a sucker I am lol.

The ending was painful so I am really looking forward to reading the next book, *wink.

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