Hello, have you seen this cover? A silver crown with blood dripping over the edges. It is gorgeous, addictive, and so stinking appealing. I totally judged this book by its cover, and I was not let down. Looking back, I see hoe the cover of the book is a symbol for a lot of the themes within the book. Well done, cover artist, well done. I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. this does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Publish Date: February 10th, 2015
Mare Barrow's world is divided by blood--those with common, Red blod 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 more can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays, the only certainty is betrayal. (Goodreads)
My Bookish Likes:
Protagonist, Mare Barrow is a girl who should totally be inducted into the "badass females of YA" hall of fame. Like her predecessors Katniss Everdeen and Celaena Sardothien, she is a kick butt girl that is surrounded by so many people that wish to witness her demise. While she grows up thinking she is an average 'Red'--a girl a part of the lowest class due to the color of their blood--she soon discovered that she is set apart from the rest. Containing powers like the upper elite 'Silvers', she begins to live life at the Silver palace, keeping the color of her blood a secret.
Here is where the story gets good. The book takes Mare into a world of high society secrets, betrayal, and love that is so well written your jaw might just drop. We see a variety of relationships unfold that are so dynamic and intriguing. also, can I throw a shoutout to author Victoria Aveyard for not adding a love triangle? So stinking happy. This book contains so many twists and turns that an emphasis on romance is not necessary.
My Bookish Loves:
I've heard this book being compared to Pierce Brown's Red Rising trilogy and Kiera Cass's Selection series, but to be honest, I feel like this book stands on its own. The world building is phenomenal! Each setting is given a hefty amount of detail while still allowing the reader to have a bit of imagination to fill in the gaps. The class dynamics between the 'Reds' and the 'Silvers' is cleverly done, reflecting many aspects of today's society.
The setting is introduced through the eyes of Mare, giving the reader a glimpse into the privileged and cushy Silver world while keeping the perspective of someone who grew up with little. The writing within the book is just so good. There was one passage in particular that I was seriously freaking out over, and leaped going back to reread. I feel like this passage sums the book up so nicely:
"In school, we learned about the world before ours, about the angels and gods that lived in the sky, ruling the earth with kind and loving hands. Some say those are just stories, but I don't believe that.The gods rule us still. They have come down from the stars. And they are no longer kind."
I have no doubt that this book will be a big YA hit for 2015. I am so glad I was able to get an early copy of the book. Definitely get your hands on a copy of Red Queen. You won't be disappointed.
I gave this book 5 stars on my Goodreads.