REREAD REVIEW (February 2016)
My love for this book is endless!! I’ve upgraded its star rating to 5 stars cause I totally enjoyed this book better the second time around! I 100% needed this reread – HOW COULD I FORGOT SUCH IMPORTANT DETAILS!!?? AND ALL THE FEELS!! Ahhhh loved it! NOW FINALLY TIME FOR GLASS SWORD!
REVIEW (July 2015)
So if you’ve read Red Queen (or pretty much any review on it) you’ll know what I mean when I say that this book is not original in the slightest, but at the same time it’s impossible to put down!! Right from the start of this book you get an unmistakable feel of Hunger Games, later on you get tropes from The Selection, The Grisha series and – although I haven’t read it – I’m pretty sure influences of The Red Rising series. So no I would not call this book original. It more like taking the best parts of YA fans favourite series and mashing them up into one novel. But the truth is once you let go of how unoriginal it is you are able to realise how bloody awesome it is! This book has everything you could possible want – espionage, a rebellion, magic, arranged marriages, secret meetings, amazing complex love interests, politics, hope, betrayals, plot twists and A COMING SEQUEL! I loved it! It had me flipping the pages as fast as I could. My sister even read it in a weekend (she too said she didn’t want to put it down). Mare is a Red and so are the rest of her people, named (oh so cleverly – obviously a lot of thought was put into it) after their Red blood. They are normal human beings. Most of Reds are poverty stricken and for the most part uneducated. If Red teens are unable to secure an apprenticing job before their 18th birthday they will be sent out to fight in the war. A war which most Reds don’t return from. Through a series of unfortunate events Mare ends up betrothed to the youngest prince or their lands – a Silver. Silvers are powerful, each containing a magic they use (and have used for centuries) their obvious power over the Reds to keep themselves in power and the Reds as slaves. I loved Mare, she is totally kickass! She is an anomaly – a Red with Silver powers. Mare is willing to do whatever it takes to free her people from the small lives the Silvers force them to live. I loved reading Mare learning to use her powers and being so awesome one minute and the next having to take etiquette lessons. I can’t wait to see how she continues to grow in the coming series. I love when good characters have to do evil/morally wrong things for the sack of the overall good and I got that in spadeful’s throughout Red Queen. All the characters in this book are varying shades of grey no one is 100% good or bad. I loved reading the characters struggles with make tough decisions, to hurt someone they care about for the sake of the many. This book hosts a believable love triangle! I don’t hate love triangles on principle as I know some people do but I do hate reading a love triangle when it’s so obvious the whole time who’s the protagonist is going to end up with. In Red Queen I honestly didn’t know who I liked better Cal or Mavern. I had a slight idea, just because who was introduced into the novel first, who Mare was going to end up with but it was never an obvious choice. Cal soul is that of a soldiers, which is what he’d rather do any day before be the heir to the throne. He is hard and calculating, will always put the good of the Silvers above everything else, but when it’s just him and Mare he shows that he is compassionate and loving. Mavern on the other hand is a born prince – he is charming, and well-mannered and wants to make it so Silvers and Reds are seen as equals. He is two pees in a pod with Mare, they are both willing to die for the cause and to protect the greatest number of people. As I mentioned above no character is 100% good or bad in Red Queen which honestly made it so difficult to decide which out of the two of them I like more, I went back and forward the entire novel. But’s that’s good isn’t it – that what we want out of a love triangle. The. Plot. Twist. Blew. My. Mind I hate that it happened! I want to go back to before it happen! PLEASE!! And now I have to wait A WHOLE YEAR TO FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENS NEXT! I also heard that they’re planning on making Red Queen into a movie (or at least talking about it). I’m actually not that keen on the idea. As I’ve mentioned this book is already so much like Hunger Games – which as we all know already exists in movie form – and has elements of The Selection series (which I also heard there making into a movie). So really this unoriginal book would the just make an unoriginal movie as well! Overall, I know this book isn’t original, I know it’s a rip off and mash up of series Aveyard (had to) have known were extremely popular and because of that I really, really should be giving it a low star rating and I really shouldn’t have enjoyed it as much but the truth is I loved it! I really want to read more! I guess you’ll have to read it yourself and make up your own mind on it.