(Red Queen Trilogy #1)
by Victoria Aveyard
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Publication Date: February 10th 2015
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | Dystopia
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Graceling meets The Selection in debut novelist Victoria Aveyard's sweeping tale of seventeen-year-old Mare, a common girl whose once-latent magical power draws her into the dangerous intrigue of the king's palace. Will her power save her or condemn her?
Mare Barrow's world is divided by blood--those with common, Red blood serve the Silver- blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. Before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own.
To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play 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 everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard--a growing Red rebellion--even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays, the only certainty is betrayal. (Goodreads)
There are so many characters in the book that I love; the first being Mare, the main character. Through the whole story I rooted for this girl; her strength and determination were admirable. She did what she had to do to survive, and for her family to survive, and you can’t blame her at all for that. I loved Mare’s family as well, especially her mom, who was always trying to be supportive. There are SO many characters that I can go on and on about in the story, but I don’t want to spoil anything. But I should mention, that while there are characters in the novel that you will fall in love with, there are even more that you are going to hate. Again, I’m not going to mention any names, as I don’t want to spoil anything, so you should totally read the book and see what you think.
I really loved the world-building for the book and the uniqueness of the storyline as well. It was very well thought out and executed throughout the story. There are a lot of twists and turns, action and suspense throughout the story that will keep you on your toes. There never seemed to be a dull moment as I flew through the pages. Quite a few plot twists throughout the story had me surprised, although I did see one major one coming, and I totally punched my fist in the air for being right on that one. Haha!
Overall; I think I love everything about Red Queen; from the stunning cover, to the unique storyline, to the characters that you can’t help but in love with. Red Queen is definitely a great start to what should definitely be a pretty amazing series. I absolutely can’t wait to get my hands on the next books in the series, as I’m super curious to see what’s going to happen next with Mare and the rest of the story.