Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard book review

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Blurb

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 seventeen year old Mare, a Red girl from the poverty stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

But Mare possesses a deadly power of her own.
One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of her potential, the Silvers hide Mare in plain view, declaring her a long lost Silver princess. Knowing that one false move will mean her death, Mare must use her new position to bring down the regime – from the inside.

Now Mare has entered a game of betrayal and lies.

This is Reds against Silvers, Prince against Prince, and Mare against her own heart…

OH EVERYTHING THAT IS HOLY THIS BOOK!!

Mare Barrow is from the Stilts. She lives with her mother, father and younger sister Gisa. Her three brothers: Shade, Bree and Tramy are fighting in the war… The war for the Silvers.
Mare and her family are Reds and on her 18th birthday, Mare knows it’ll be her turn to join the army.

But a chance encounter with a boy named Cal, leads to something else.

Mare suddenly finds herself working in the palace and she’s witnessing Queentrial. Where the next queen will be picked to marry the eldest son of King Tiberias: Cal.

When one the Queenstrial contestants goes a bit nasty, Mare finds herself in trouble. Where she should have died, her powers were revealed.

It’s not long before the Silvers are hiding her in plain sight. Mare is now Mareena. The long lost daughter of Lord Titanos and is betrothed to the youngest son, Maven.

During her stay in the company of Silvers, Mare finds herself using her new position in order to bring down the Silver monarchy with the help of the Red Guard and her childhood friend, Kilorn. But what she doesn’t bargain for is falling for both princes. One is true and the other is false and it’s going to take a lot to find out which is which….

Oh my god this book!
Once I started I could not stop reading it. It sucked you in and held you there for a long time.

Mare Barrow is a brilliant female lead. She has powers that she didn’t know she had, she fights for what she believes in, she can be sassy at times too.  She knows what she wants and she’s going to get it. But being under the watchful eye of all those Silvers takes it toll on her sometimes. As it would anyone. She knows that one false move will mean her death and probably the deaths of her family too. She does what is asked of her but at the same time she’s planning the downfall of everything.
She hates being betrothed to Maven at first but when things happen she starts to see him differently. And Cal. He was the boy who saved her from conscription but being there has made her see him differently. But everyone tells lies in the Silver court. Everyone has an answer for everything and it’s hard to tell just whose lying and whose being truthful and Mare finds that out the hard way.
As it says in the book; “Anyone can betray anyone.”

Cal is the crown prince and the next heir to the throne but there’s something quiet and shy about him. He wants to change things but at the same time he won’t turn his back in his father. He’s torn.
Cal gets engaged to Evangeline (bitch!) and it soon becomes clear which one is going to rule when they eventually marry. Cal, however, has feelings for Mare and it seems as though Marr feels them back. 
But, like I said, Cal is torn. He knows the world needs to change and things should be different but he also knows that he can’t disappoint his father.
He’s a formidable fighter and his power is fire, just like his father’s.  But like Mare, Cal soon learns that anyone can betray anyone too. And it’s going to break his heart.

Maven. Damn he was okay to start with. The shy younger brother, living in Cal’s shadow. Just like Mare lived in Gisa’s shadow. He was sweet but damn it… I’m not going to spoil it but… I hope someone kills his mother though… I think she’s ruling him somehow.

Kilorn. The guy Mare grew up with and the guy she always tries to save. This time it’s him proving that he can save her. Or at least do something worthwhile.
I have a feeling Kilorn is in love with Mare and I kinda hope something happens there. Especially with what happens between her and Cal.

This book is full of intrigue and plot lines that keep you hooked from the beginning.
I love how these new Dystopian type books are coming in. Instead of the earth being destroyed one way or another these ones are about powers and strength. Of rising through it all. Of being the one to change it. They show the females as characters who are brave and strong. Who know their own minds and who know what they want. They are flawed in their own way too and they are all relatable one way or another.

I love the world Victoria has created and I love how easy it was to slip in to and get lost in and to lose yourself in another world.

I really really need The Glass Sword now. Especially after that ending.

The book has a cross between The Hunger Games, Divergent, a little of Throne of Glass and maybe a bit of the Grisha trilogy in it too. If you loved those books then you are definitely going to love this one. Like seriously love it.

I keep thinking about this book and what’s going to happen in the next book and I love it when that happens.

No wonder this books got movie rights not long after it came out. It’s bloody amazing!

5 out 5 stars.

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