By: Celine | February 9, 2015 | (40) Comments

Review: Red Queen by Victoria AveyardRed Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Series: Red Queen Trilogy, #1
Publisher: Orion
Release Date: March 26th, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction, YA
Source: Received in exchange for review
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The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.

To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.

Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of
those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.

But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?

Red Queen was a pleasant suprise! Of course, I’d long been lusting after that cover *coughs*. I wasn’t sure whether I would like the story itself, though, but it turns out that I did! Red Queen is full of intrigue and twists and turns and magic, and it was an extremely fun and fast read.

In the world of Red Queen, everyone is divided based on the colour of their blood. Red means lowly, it makes you a commoner at best and a servant at worst. Then there are the Silvers – people whose blood runs silver and who get amazing powers. The Silvers are, compared to the Reds, a kind of royalty. Wealthy and confident: they basically think they’re gods. Our main character, Mare, is a Red, but she soon gets thrust into the world of the Silvers, the royalty.

I have one major complaint about this book, and that is its predictability. I called literally all of the twists that happened in the first 50%. In the beginning, Red Queen is very much your typical story: outcast heroine gets thrown into the world of the rich and the powerful, and doesn’t agree with the way things are run in their dystopian-like society. She discovers some things about herself and others that are entirely predictable.

But then… Victoria Aveyard takes the story to a higher level. SHE WENT THERE. And in the last 20%, so many twists are dropped onto the reader’s head, and you have no idea who to trust, who has died and who is still alive. Things are going to hell quickly, and you just don’t know how it all is going to resolve. Let us hear a resounding, “YAAAAASSS”. This part, in case it wasn’t obvious, I loved.

Our main character, Mare, was someone I liked most of the time. Though I think her character could use some more fleshing-out, she was a stubborn and down-to-earth pickpocket, and what’s not to love about that? She makes some wrong choices, can be way too naive at times and doesn’t always do the right things. But she does try to make a new world, she fights for equality even when her own life is on the line. I loved these aspects of her, but she couldn’t win over my heart completely because I felt her character was a bit underdeveloped. At times I felt she was just the “stubborn, anti-Silver” girl, instead of a round character. BUT, there were other times when I just loved her, so this varies.

Then there is the romance. All I will say about Red Queen is that it’s low on the romance. And that I’m not sure you could even call it a romance. Some people are nice, others aren’t. You never know who is hiding things and who isn’t, and it’s just impossible to create a romance in an environment like that. Luckily, Aveyard recognizes this and makes sure the book is light on the romance, though there is a nice kiss scene somewhere. But that’s all I’ll tell you for now. Mwahaha.

I’m afraid I can’t say too much about Red Queen. After all, I wouldn’t want to spoil anyone. And trust me, there are many twists that could be spoiled, despite the first half’s predictability. In this debut, Victoria Aveyard showed that she isn’t afraid to go there. Because she does. Go there. And when she does… BAM. Plot explosion!

So yeah, I think it’s clear I enjoyed Red Queen. If  you want an intruiging and fast-reading story full of twists and turns, I suggest you pick up Red Queen.

~Thank you Orion for the review copy!~

4 Stars
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Celine is 17 years old and from the Netherlands. Quite obviously, she loves books! She has been a reader for as long as she can remember, and she believes she will be a reader forever. Celine is also obsessed with food, and loves singing along to music as loud as possible, dancing and doodling on nearly everything.

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40 Responses to Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

  1. Christy says:

    Dang, the feelings for this book varies quite a bit. Glad you liked it. I honestly don’t mind when a book like this is low in the romance. I’ll read this, but I’m waiting until the 2nd book is released. Great review!
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  2. Can’t wait to read the rest of this series! 😀
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  3. I am jealous of you. GIVE ME BOOK. NOW.
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  4. Heather says:

    I’m really looking forward to this one as I keep reading such good things about it. It initially caught my eye because of the cover too, but the story is sounding great as well. I think it will be interesting to read something that’s light on romance – it will make the story a bit different. I love plot twists too.
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  5. I keep hearing about this twisty ending! And as someone who LOVES plot twists, especially ones that I don’t see coming, I can’t wait to read this one. Lovely review, Celine.
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  6. Kelly says:

    I LOOOOOOOOOVED this one too Celine, passionately! That twist at the end, I sooooo didn’t see coming either and I loved that it took inspiration from so many of the big fantasy releases, it clicked and worked wonderfully. Can you believe it’s her debut. HER DEBUT! Amazing. So glad you really enjoyed this one, now we just need to wait for book two *taps foot impatiently* Lovely review <3
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  7. I like the light romance aspect and hey, I think I can deal with a bit of predictability. With a story like this, you kind of expect it tbh. It still looks and sounds AMAZING
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  8. I really really wanted to love this book but sadly I didn’t. I didn’t hate it just felt a general meh about it. I seem to be in the minority about that though. Most people really loved it. I love the cover. I’m so glad you enjoyed it (even though you called some of the twists)
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  9. Yay! I’m so happy you liked it, Celine! Those twists in those last few chapters had me screaming! I couldn’t stop reading the book because of how addicting it was. I completely agree with you on the romance! I wouldn’t call it a real romance either. Maybe in the next book we’ll get more of it, but quite frankly, I’m perfectly okay with no romance.
    Lovely review, Celine!
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  10. YEAH CELINE!!! I’m so glad you really enjoyed this one too! I absolutely loved it. I agree though, the beginning is the weakest part but the entire last third or so for me just blew me away. I did not see certain things coming and I can’t wait to find out how things are going to move forward in the next book:)
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  11. Jasprit says:

    I’m glad that towards the end of this book this book completely took you by surprise! I’m really intrigued about the romance now, as you seem to be holding everything back from me!!! I’m glad you enjoyed this overall. I can’t wait to start my copy! 🙂
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  12. I always wonder if a book is too predictable, or if we’ve just gotten too used to looking for even the smallest clues.
    I’ll be listening to the audiobook for this soon and I’m excited you liked it too!
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  13. I just finished this one this weekend and I loved it!! I did see some of the twists coming but I still had fun reading them as they were revealed. And I too liked Mare, flaws and all. THAT ENDING WAS RIDICULOUS. I can’t wait for book two, this is definitely the start of something special 🙂
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  14. Yeah, I didnt buy into the romance either. This one was one heck of a ride at the end, and I loved the twists, definitley one of the better dystopians I have read in awhile.

  15. Kyra says:

    This looks so, so, SO good! I hope I enjoy it as I’ve seen such differing reviews! xD Fantastic review, Celine! x
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  16. Cynthia says:

    I am so excited about this one!! I have heard great things about it.
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  17. I want to read Red Queen so bad. Even though the plot twists at the beginning are predictable, I’ll still read it for the mind blowing plot twists at the end. Honestly, I’d much rather read a book that ends really strong than goes the other way around. I’m also glad to hear that there isn’t much romance in this book because I think in some YA books it just appears as an extra, and that annoys me.
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  18. I agree. She needed more fleshing out. I did really enjoy the worldbuilding in this story. I want to know what happens next.
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  19. Laura says:

    This sounds so good! Especially the part about the different colors of blood… definitely different! I’m so glad you liked it – hopefully I will as well when I get around to it 😀

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks
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  20. I have heard a lot of mixed reviews on this but I trust your opinion as well as the other girls in the YA Midnight Reads team so I am definitely keeping an eye out for this book 🙂
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  21. Rashika says:

    I called all the twists, including the big bad one in the end but the big bad one in the end made my day. I was SOOO HAPPY and slightly frustrated that I couldn’t jump up and down and run around screaming “I KNEW IT” but you know, you win some you lose some.

    I totally agree with you about the romance. I was kind of annoyed that the L word was mentioned because I never saw any of it as a romance. There was too much politics and not enough development for that to be valid.

    Anyway, I am glad you ended up enjoying this one as well, Celine!! 🙂

    Lovely review!! 😀
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  22. Missie says:

    I love that the main character is stubborn and down to earth! Those are my favorite type of main characters!
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  23. Lexa Cain says:

    This sounds absolutely awesome! And the cover is spectacular! Thanks so much for the great review – I’ll keep my eye out for this one. 🙂
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  24. I’ve heard nothing but glowing reviews about this one Celine, and I’m desperate to give it a try! There’s nothing like wonderful characterization and mindblowing twists, right? 😉 Thanks for sharing Celine, and, as always, fabulous review! <3
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  25. It was kind of refreshing that it wasn’t ALL about the romance, right?! And it was more of a square than a triangle too, which was different. XD I didn’t love this one purely because it felt so so much like The Selection and Red Rising. I don’t think Red Queen was badly written at all! I just prefer the original books. xDXD I’m weird like that. I do so luuuuurve that cover.
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  26. Hilary says:

    *heavy breathing* I want this book. I want it NOW.
    The predictability of this book is kind of scaring me and the fact that it’s been compared to Red Rising by so many people.
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  27. Alreem says:

    my copy of this book coming on the mail,, really can’t wait to put my hand on it and start reading it 🙂 I mean the idea of this book so simple yet I feel it will turn out to be more 🙂 glad to seee you enjoyed this book 😀
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  28. Yay!! I am so very happy to find that you’ve enjoyed this one! It’s so funny, just like you said on my review, I’ve heard a lot of mixed stuff about this one too. But I got it in the mail today, and now I am SO excited to start it! I am glad you enjoyed it 🙂 Great review!
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  29. Faye M. says:

    Yuuuuup, this book was predictable in a sense (reminded me a lot of Red Rising, hah) but the writing really salvaged and redeemed that for me. I see a lot of potential in Victoria Aveyard’s writing, and I’m kind of happy for the twists and turns that happened later in the book. I was really liking one of the guys, and for one of them to suddenly turn psycho madman was such a “pleasant” surprise. I do find the Evangeline girl really one-dimensional, though… she was a bitch for the purpose of being a bitch, and it disappointed me that she had no depth at all.
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  30. Sabrina says:

    Thanks so much for the review! I’ve been wondering about whether I should pick up this book, because the premise didn’t sound that original. But I love me a twisty story, so maybe I’ll have to give it a try.

  31. I am so glad you enjoyed this one. I am picking up my copy tomorrow and I can’t wait to read it. Your review has made me even more exciting. I keep seeing positive reviews for this everywhere and I am hoping I’ll love it.
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  32. Maddy E says:

    I don’t know what to think about this one. The reviews have been so mixed, but I have the feeling it’s the type of book that I’ll enjoy even if it isn’t stellar. Kind of like The Selection.
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  33. Benish K says:

    I really do hope the Red Queen is as good as it sounds. I think it’s the most hyped up book right now, I’m glad you enjoyed it though! Great review 🙂
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  34. Sophie says:

    I keep hearing such good things about this book, but I must control my book-buying! Meh, I guess I can make an exception. hahah
    Great review!
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  35. Amber Elise says:

    Oh thank goodness this one lives up to the hype. I’ve been lusting after it from afar, just because I don’t want to get TOO attached. Just in case it sucked.

    While it sucks that it’s a bit predictable, I love it when authors “go there” and I will read it just to see how far it goes!

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