• Page Count: 383
  • Release Date: February 10, 2015
  • My Rating: 5 stars

Red Queen (Red Queen, #1) 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..


How have I not written anything for this yet?! This is still one of my favorite YA books!

I was lucky enough to go into this book without hearing ANY hype or having any expectations, so I was pulled into the story instantly and thought it was so much fun. I know people say that a lot of the elements in Red Queen have been done before (like the girl from a poor background who finds out she has super special snowflake powers etc). So yes, I’ll admit that’s true. The story itself is kind of like a blend of a bunch of other YA books… BUT it’s a blend of all of the best parts of the other stories! It was exactly what I wanted to read. The plot’s like some perfect little recipe without any excess filler to weigh it down. There were castles, princes, politics & schemes, special powers that are kind of like magic, an original world, etc.

I think Victoria Aveyard’s writing style was what really stood out for me, too. The whole book read like a screenplay and you could totally see the whole movie unfolding! Plus, the pacing was perfect, everything flowed really smoothly, and the whole story just seemed super polished.

Mare was an awesome main character who was believable, motivated out of love for her family & friends, realistically flawed, and had some depth. I loved all of the guys and the rest of the characters as well!


So I don’t care that this story isn’t redefining the genre with some totally unique plot because it’s just plain fun, entertaining, and so well done. It’s the perfect blend of dystopian + fantasy and basically everything I wanted!


11 comments on “Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard”

  1. I read this book last year and loved it, despite it being so full of cliches. Like you said, it blended all the best elements of other stories together, which made me love it so much. The sequel did not live up to the first book for me though, which is too bad because I really enjoyed this one.

    • I know, right?! I gave Glass Sword 3 stars, but am still looking forward to King’s Cage… lots of potential there.

  2. i love this book so much (even though it’s a blend of other ya tropes/parts/etc). i thought it was really well done in some parts, seeing as there were somethings i absolutely loved about another book and was included into red queen. lovely review!

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