Review: Red Queen @Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen

Title: Red Queen

Hardcover: 400 pages

Publisher: HarperTeen (February 10, 2015)

ISBN-13: 978-0062310637

Genre: YA Fiction/Dystopian/High Fantasy

Rating: 2 Stars

Bring out the pitchforks and fire because I think a majority of you will not like what I have to say about Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. With so much hype and good reviews surrounding this book I just knew I was in for a fun and thrilling ride. Welp, that didn’t happen. Instead what I read was a mash up of a wanna be dystopian, mixed with X-men, sprinkle with an annoying love-triangle that tried so hard to be romantic but was completely asinine and a waste of time.

To sum up Red Queen as quickly as possible—Mare our heroine was born with red blood. She’s basically the lowest of the low. A slave. In Mare’s world there are two types of people. Silver (the great ones) and Red (the slaves). Everything about Mare’s life is bleak and hopeless until….BAM, miracles of miracles she discovers that she can control lightening or make electricity. Whatever. She has superpowers. Yippee.

Superpowers equals a better life for Mare.

Well not exactly but she does live in a lap of luxury and she gets to prance around like a princess with big fluffy, silky dresses. Learn how to be a proper lady. Get her education because you know she was “dumb” as a rock. All she was good for was stealing. Oh and let’s not forget that Mare gets to put on makeup and become “beautiful”.

I’m so tired of the Ugly Duckling turns into a swan scenario that seems to be the new thing in YA. Why is it that the heroines in these book only think of themselves as beautiful when they put on makeup and jewels and silky dresses? No girl you were beautiful before. The makeup and all that fluffy nonsense is just an enhancement to what you were already born with.

Anyways, I getting sidetracked.

About the love triangle/square, whatever. Umm there was no need. Neither one were that interesting in the personality department. On top of that they were brothers. Ewww. Just Ewww.

So you have Cal the brooding older brother. Future king and about as appealing as a sack of potatoes. Next is Maven—the-I’m-sick-of-living-in-my-older-brother’s-shadow. Why don’t you notice me? Huh, maybe nobody notice you because you’re not worth being notice. Again the personality of a blank piece of paper. Mare you really know how to pick em.

Although, I can’t blame for everything. I mean she is a tad bit whiny, selfish, and self-centered and a gullible idiot at times. She’s trying to start a revolution and save her people but for a majority of the book she’s trying to figure out which brother she loves the most. Girl bye. Get your life. Farley said it best:

You want me to pin my entire operation, the entire revolution, on some teenaged love story? I can’t believe this.

Speaking of this war that is mentioned in the book, the author never goes into full detail about why things are the way they are. There’s a war just for the sake of being a war. I guess there needed to be some kind of plot. This book is filled with so many inconsistencies I don’t know how it got pass the editor.

All I’m saying is that if water needs to be nearby in order for your power to work then there is no way in hell that you should be able to drown your opponent/victim if you’re trapped in a glass bowl. A glass blow that nothing can penetrate through. Not even rain. So where the hell did the water come from?

There’s a whole lot of other inconsistencies that I can go on and on about but I know how hurt that an author works to put their heart and soul on paper so I will leave it at that. I will say it’s those little things that irked me the most about the book. Another round with the editor would have help. Hopefully book two will sort out the problems that plagued book 1. Maybe a little more time on the world building would be nice. Because it’s strange to have a world with cameras, televisions, airships, guns…etc but Cal invents the motorcycle. Am I missing something? If so please tell me.

One last thing. Can Farley and Elara have a novella dedicated to them? Even though they don’t appear that often in the book, they are by far best characters in the entire book. The most memorable in my opinion. Elara is bad to the bone and she owns it. And Farley, she a kick ass no nonsense bad ass, that is more level-headed and heroic than Mare. Just my opinion.

So if you love dystopian/high fantasy, love triangles/squares and don’t mind holes in the plot then I recommend Red Queen. But if you’re like me and want solid world building and a decent plot that makes sense, well I don’t think the Red Queen is for you.

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

 Victoria Aveyard recently graduated from USC, where she majored in screenwriting. She has sold several television pilots and feature-length screenplays, and is currently represented by the Hollywood management company Benderspink. THE RED QUEEN is her first novel. She lives in Los Angeles, and you can visit her online at www.victoriaaveyard.com.



5 thoughts on “Review: Red Queen @Victoria Aveyard”

  • I haven’t read Red Queen itself, but a number of the reviews I’ve read have rated it as so-so or less than that. So not to worry, Savonia. You’re not alone.

    Apparently Red Queen debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestsellers list for YA novels, though. So I guess Victoria’s doing something right…?

  • I got this book right away, but I haven’t had a chance to read it yet. This isn’t the first negative review I’ve read though most have been positive. Yeah the whole ‘transformation into beauty’ thing annoys me too. The characters don’t sound all that likable. Dang this one had such promise. Nice review. I wish you better luck with your next book.

    • Thanks for reading. I just hate went I’m all excited about a book but in the end it disappoints. Still Victoria Aveyard has nothing to worry about because her book was a NY Times bestseller lol

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