Title: Red Queen (Red Queen Trilogy #1)Author: Victoria Aveyard
Published: 10 February, 2015 by Harper Teen
Source: HarperTeen via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review
Reviewed: Sapphired Dragon
I am truly being spoiled in my choice of book to read so far this year. It is only February and I am already giving 5 stars to my third book of the year.
Red queen is an absolutely amazing read. From the first page to the last, it had me completely hooked. Mare Barrow is, by her own appraisal, no one special, an under educated pick pocket, just another red destined to be conscripted on her 18th birthday and used in a never ending war. However a chance encounter leading to an unexpected chain of events completely changes everything and suddenly Mare is no longer 'just a red'.
I didn't always like Mare and I didn't always agree with choices she makes in the book but either way she made a compelling main character to read about as did the other characters around her. Ms Aveyard writes vivid characters who come to life off the page, so even if I didn't always like Mare, I could still feel a long with her and have my heart clutch in fear waiting to find out what would happen to her.
Ms Aveyard's writing in general, keeps you glued to each page with a well paced action packed, hold your breath and pray roller coaster ride to the end story filled with surprise after surprise, twist after turn, some of them expected, some of them not but all of them making this the amazing story it is.
And the world building...this story is set in a world where the colour of your blood determines your lit in life and this world is fleshed out immaculately by Ms Aveyard, from the poorest section of the stilts to the opulence of the summer palace, we are given a very real picture of life in this world and this enhances the story all the more.
I read the last 1/2 of this book on the way home on the train and when I looked up from reading the last page, I realised I was almost at my stop and I didn't remember any of the hour long train ride or stopping at any of the stops on the way that's how entranced by the story.
I will most definitely be reading the rest of this series and already cannot wait for book 2
In case you were wondering, I give this book 5 stars!
Sapphired Dragon xx
About The Book:
Mare Barrow's world is divided by blood—those with red and those with silver. Mare and her family are lowly Reds, destined to serve the Silver elite whose supernatural abilities make them nearly gods. Mare steals what she can to help her family survive, but when her best friend is conscripted into the army she gambles everything to win his freedom. A twist of fate leads her to the royal palace itself, where, in front of the king and all his nobles, she discovers a power of her own—an ability she didn't know she had. Except . . . her blood is Red.
To hide this impossibility, the king forces her into 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 her new position to aid the Scarlet Guard—the leaders of a Red rebellion. Her actions put into motion a deadly and violent dance, pitting prince against prince—and Mare against her own heart.
From debut author Victoria Aveyard comes a lush, vivid fantasy series where loyalty and desire can tear you apart and the only certainty is betrayal.