Book Review #4: The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Published by HarperTeen
Date Published: 10 February 2015
ISBN/ASIN: 0062310631
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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 ..

My thoughts:

I decided to read this book because readers have been suggesting it everywhere. 

I really have mixed feelings about this book. It was awesome in few parts but some parts are just.. meh– nothing special. Don’t get me wrong, I actually enjoyed the book while I was reading it. I actually read it last October 2015 and now I can’t seem to remember anything that happened.

That’s what really made me think if I liked this book or not. I absolutely liked it while I was reading it because it’s full of surprises (which I saw like a mile away), romance, and action. I actually love the plot and world Ms. Aveyard created.

But it doesn’t felt like it’s an extraordinary book. It’s just like any other YA dystopian not-conforming-oh-look-i’m-different book. Sure, you will enjoy it while you are reading it but after 3 months per se, you will forget it somehow. I mean, sure you will remember the main characters and the main plot, but we all do in a lot of books. I just didn’t feel like there’s something worth remembering about this book.

Also, I don’t actually care what will happen to the characters. I think I had enough of the characters in the first book and actually satisfied with how it ended. Now, I’m struggling to pick up The Glass Sword (my boyfriend got it for me) because I just don’t feel like knowing what happens to them plus I actually don’t remember the some important parts of the first book– but I will read it though!

Overall, Ms. Aveyard’s writing is actually my taste. The story just didn’t have a great impact to me. I love the characters, Mare Barrow, and about the plot twist, it was really obvious. It didn’t really get me at all. Maybe it was because I kept seeing “OMG BIG PLOT TWIST LOOK OUT”. Now if you haven’t read this book yet, then we’re on the same boat. 😛

My rating:

3 out of 5 stars.


About the Author


I’m a screenwriter/YA author who likes books and lists. This site is the nexus of my universe.

My book RED QUEEN will be published Winter 2015 from HarperTeen at HarperCollins. I’m repped by the incomparable Suzie Townsend at New Leaf Literary & Media, Inc.

The genres I’m into include YA, Fantasy, Historical, Adventure, Apocalyptic – if people are dying, I’m buying.









  1. moriahchavis says:

    I’ve heard mixed reviews about this book. Some people loved it, while others say more along the lines of what you did. The last conversation I had about the book was similar to your opinion. I haven’t read it yet, so I’ll have to read it to see what I think! Good review. 🙂

  2. ravenandbeez says:

    I still need to read this book but lots of people, who I share similar taste with, have had the same opinion as yours and now I’m wondering if it’s really worth my time.

  3. In Becky's Head says:

    It’s funny how that happens sometimes, isn’t it? Sometimes I get the opposite too, I think a book is just ok while I’m reading it, but later the story comes back to haunt me. It’s a shame this one didn’t have much to make it stand out, though.

  4. Krysta says:

    I didn’t find this book particularly great, either. It seems to be relying on a lot of YA tropes and not transforming them in any way to make them feel new or interesting. I haven’t read the sequel and I don’t have plans to so do.

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