Book Review-Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

red_queen_book_coverImagine living in a world where your social status is based upon the mere color of your blood; where one paper cut is the resolve of your whole life.

In the kingdom of Norta, if you have red blood, you are a commoner, a peasant reduced to living in poverty stricken Stilts where only certain Reds can attain desirable jobs. The elite group, who are endowed with divine powers, contain silver blood and are the wealthy monarchy of the domain.

Mare, a seventeen-year-old pickpocket, is doing her best to keep her red blooded family alive but finds that the only way to truly accomplish that is to live a lie. Exposed to monarch trivialities and a long awaited rebellion, Mare discovers a destructive power of her own and must give up her old ways and embrace a new beginning, one that might trigger the end of everything Norta has ever known.

Aveyard has captivated her audience with a whimsical yet modern fantasy encompassing corrupted political views, tattered kingdoms, and sacrifice. This tale reveals compassion in all shapes and sizes and hate running blood deep.


I am numb…frankly, I don’t think I could have enjoyed this more! There was this moment about half way through the book where I just had to tell myself to stop trying to make up theories or plot the ending and just go with the flow, and oh lawd, it took me up stream fast. I have two words for you Victoria Aveyard:

Plot. Twist.

In the first fifty or so pages you think it’s just gonna be a normal fantasy with her story and “oh she’s in love” and blah blah blah, and then BAM! It just hits you in the back of the head and the whole story grows and pulses until it’s your own little dragon clawing at your feet to keep reading. Then of course there was the big plot twist, and I mean big, and it just…I can’t even think about it without getting chills.

I really had no problems with this book, other than the occasional moment my mind would play tricks on me (mind you, I finished this while traveling, so jet lag can stick it where the sun don’t shine).

With the being one of the best YA sellers of it’s year, it is undoubtedly time for you to pick this up if you haven’t already.

Also, if you have read the book (or don’t mind spoilers), you are more than welcome to click the link below to go to my YouTube Book Talk, where I go more in depth with my thoughts on this book pretty much directly after I read it:


“The truth is what I make it. I could set this world on fire and call it rain.” -Victoria Aveyard, Red Queen



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