the red queen

Title: Red Queen
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Release Date: 02/1/2015

Reviewed by: Xander

Mare is a red blood who lives in the kingdom of Norta. She’s a pickpocket, which she must be to survive. Her life couldn’t get much worse — Kilorn, her best friend, is going off to the front lines and she will soon. All she can do is try to steal a sum of $2,000 to help them escape, but that is near impossible. Then one night, Mare’s life takes a turn. The day after a meeting with a strange man at a bar, she gets taken to the palace to be a servant, but soon her situation escalates to much more than that. Mare gets thrust into a world of lies and a new life because of her unique power and red blood. If she bleeds red, in a palace full of people who bleed silver, it’s all over. With the Scarlet Guard threatening the kingdom, the stakes are high. An epic, lush fantasy, Victoria Aveyard creates a world with aspects from other books and takes it to a whole new level. The Young Elites meets The Jewel, Red Queen will have readers anticipating the sequel.

Red Queen was a very enjoyable book. I had high expectations for it given all the marketing HarperTeen is doing for this book and the hype surrounding it, and I think that it did pretty well. The beginning was slow, but the writing was awesome. I’d like to know more about the world, but I have a pretty good picture of it inside my head. I loved the idea, and although it has some resemblance to other books I read, I think that as the series continue it will become its own story. The Scarlet Guard was a very cool thing to add; the plot would’ve had holes if it wasn’t there and I think Victoria did a great job with the characters.

They nailed it with the cover design; it is so gorgeous. I can’t wait to see the movie for this book – it’s been optioned and I think it would be a fantastic book for the big screen. Overall, Red Queen was a great book that will be talked about, and the sequels will be extremely anticipated. I can not wait to see where Victoria goes with this series!

Editor’s note: To find out how that gorgeous cover was designed, take a peek at Victoria’s blog.