Review: Red Queen

Posted 27th February 2016 by Emma in Reviews / 1 Comment

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Red QueenRed Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Also by this author: Glass Sword
Series: Red Queen, #1
Also in this series: Glass Sword
Published by Orion on February 12th 2015
Genres: Dystopia, Fantasy, Magic, Romance, YA Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 400
Format: eARC
Source: from Netgalley
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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 . . .


Firstly thank you to Orion for accepting my request via Netgalley. I have had this book on my shelf for such a long time and I had heard so much about it that I thought it was about time I read it.

The first thing you notice about this book is the influence of other YA fantasy books. I don’t think this is a bad thing. I enjoyed those books so this gave me hope for this book.

Mare Barrow thinks she’s just a regular red who will live a red life and nothing exceptional will happen to her. She however is very wrong. Mare’s life changes dramatically in this book. I like Mare. Sometimes I thought she was a bit naive and a little too trusting but on the whole she’s a good person and she’s just fighting to survive.

The twist in this book was good. Like really good. I didn’t expect it and that made it all the better. I don’t want to ruin anything so I won’t mention any more on it.

I’m so glad I finally got round to reading this book and I immediately went on to book two (review coming shortly). I honestly cannot wait for book 3.


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About Victoria Aveyard

I’m a screenwriter/YA author who likes books and lists. This site is the nexus of my universe.

My book RED QUEEN will be published Winter 2015 from HarperTeen at HarperCollins. I’m repped by the incomparable Suzie Townsend at New Leaf Literary & Media, Inc.

The genres I’m into include YA, Fantasy, Historical, Adventure, Apocalyptic – if people are dying, I’m buying.


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