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Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

Synopsis from Goodreads:

If there’s one thing Mare Barrow knows, it’s that she’s different.

Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

The electrifying next installment in the Red Queen series escalates the struggle between the growing rebel army and the blood-segregated world they’ve always known—and pits Mare against the darkness that has grown in her soul.

Author: Victoria Aveyard

Publisher: Harper Teen

Number of Pages: 444

Genre: High Fantasy

Where I acquired this book: Amazon

When I read this book: February 9 – March 2 2016

Ratings on a Scale of 1-10

Quality of writing: 8

Pace: 8

Plot Development: 8

Characters: 9

Enjoyability: 9

Ease of Reading: 10

 

I absolutely hate to say this, but I was thoroughly disappointed in this book. After reading Red Queen and absolutely loving it, I expected nothing less from its sequel. One of the things I loved about the first book was how all of the characters had a purpose and were well-developed, and maybe it’s because it’d been a year now since I’ve read it, but when my friend was reading King’s Cage, I had no idea who she was talking about half of the time. The new characters in this book held no interest with me like the previous characters did. Even the older characters didn’t have the same intrigue they did in the first book. Cal was broody in the beginning, and while I semi-understand why it made sense for him, he took too long to come out of it, so it just became annoying. I was never a fan of Kilorn, since he seemed to be there as a reminder of Mare’s old life, and now he was just there to make her feel guilty or drive her stupid decisions. Don’t even get me started on Mare. Watching her discover her abilities and come into her new status in Red Queen was enthralling, but this book ruined all of that for me. She was whiny and useless throughout the majority of the book, and only returned to her kick-ass self towards the end, when it was conveniently too late in the story.

We did learn some new aspects of the world that saved the novel in my eyes. I hope the next book tries to focus more on their universe, because it is still interesting to me, since it is so unique, but the characters just aren’t doing it for me.

I have not yet been able to make myself pick up a copy of King’s Cage, and I’m not sure if I ever will.

OVERALL RATING (out of 5): 3 stars

Let me know your opinion on this book if you’ve read it! Also tell me below if you think I should give King’s Cage a shot!

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Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart …

AuthorVictoria Aveyard

PublisherHarper Teen

Number of Pages: 383

Genre: Fantasy

Where I acquired this book: Barnes and Noble

When I read this bookDecember 23-27

Ratings on a Scale of 1-10

Quality of writing: 10

Pace: 8

Plot Development: 8

Characters: 10

Enjoyability: 10

Ease of Reading: 10

I have heard so many raving reviews of this book, so I had been eager to pick it up for a while. On Thanksgiving, we were talking about going Black Friday shopping, and my mom saw that Barnes and Noble sells a whole bunch of signed copies of different books. My sister and I got up early the next morning, and waited outside in the rain in our pajamas for a half an hour before they let us in. We ran over to the shelves, and I snatched up a copy of Red Queen before anyone else could get it. It was fate. I just recently got around to reading it because I have had a bunch of new releases that I wanted to read, but now that I finished it, I can’t believe I waited this long to read it. Aveyard weaves an amazing tale with intriguing characters, a new and interesting world, and an unique power system. I experienced every twist and turn right along side the main character, Mare. When I was almost done, I thought I had figured out where it was headed, but boy was I wrong. Fantasy is one of my favorite genres, especially high fantasy, because I love finding new worlds to inhabit, and this world blew me away. She explained all of the different houses, their powers, different limitations and strengths the silvers had, and the struggles of the reds. There were also very few flat characters. If you knew a characters name, chances are they were important at some point. There wasn’t a lot of time spent talking about some random kid in a corner that Mare would never see again or anything like that. When I read hyped up books, they tend to either astound me or put me into a reading slump from trying so hard to finish them. Thankfully, Red Queen did the former, and now I can’t wait to get my hands on Glass Sword.

OVERALL RATING (out of 5): 5 stars

Let me know in the comments if you’ve read it. What did you think? Are you a fan of high fantasy novels? If you were a silver, what kind would you want to be?

RAWR!!

P.S. Rise red as the dawn!