Friday, September 11, 2015

Red Queen

Today’s post is on Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. It is the first in her Red Queen series. It is 383 pages long and is published by Harper Teen. The cover is silver with an upside-down crown with red blood dripping off it. The intended reader is someone who likes young adult, dystopian stories, and fast pots. There is no sex, some mild language, and lots of violence in this book.  The story is told from the first person perspective of the main character. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the dust jacket- Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood- those with red and those with silver. Mare and her family are lowly Reds, destined to serve the Silver elite whose supernatural abilities make them nearly gods. Mare steals what she can to help her family survive, but when her best friend is conscripted into the army she gambles everything to win his freedom. A twist of fate leads her to the royal palace itself, where, in front of the king and all his nobles, she discovers a power of her own- an ability she didn’t know she had. Except… her blood is red.
To hide this impossibility, the king forces her into 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 her new position to aid the Scarlet Guard- the leaders of a Red rebellion. Her actions put into motion a deadly and violent dance, pitting prince against prince- and Mare again her own heart.
From debut author Victoria Avyard comes a lush, vivid fantasy where loyalty and desire can tear you apart and the only certainty is betrayal. 

Review- I wanted to like to this book so much. The world sounded so interesting, the cover is so beautiful, and the writing is not bad. But it was just okay. I cannot tell you why this book just did not grab me. It is not bad per say but it just is not great. There is something just not there to make this book great. All the characters are fine, the plot is fine, but something is missing. Other than talk about the beautiful cover from this book I cannot think of anything to say about it. I did like the mutant powers that the characters have. Those were fun and different. But somewhere the plot, the characters, the action, everything just falls flat. I am pretty bummed about that.

I give this book a Three out of Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I borrowed this book from my library.