Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

sayTitle: Red Queen (Red Queen #1)
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Publisher: Orion
Release Date: February 12th 2015
Pages: 383
Read it in: Less than 1 Day
Source: A treat to myself from Waterstones

Synopsis: Goodreads

This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The poverty-stricken Reds are commoners, living in the shadow of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.

To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from the Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.

Then Mare finds herself working at the Silver palace, in the midst of those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.

My Review: Some things are said in this review that could be considered a spoiler…

So yes, I have read a book very similar to this before called Pawn by Aimee Carter. But that being said, this novel did offer bits of what wasn’t offered by Pawn. At first, I couldn’t separate the two novels, I kept waiting for the events of Pawn to occur in Red Queen – BAD TYLER! Obviously, this never happened and this book truly was a book of its own.

I’ve seen a few complaints about how predictable this book was, and I have to disagree. I saw a couple of things coming, the betrayal I saw coming a mile off. But other than that, I was just enjoying what I was reading and loving the twists that Aveyard included. I don’t recall a moment where I though, ‘of course so-in-so is here’ or ‘of course that happens now’ these kinds of reactions just weren’t there. Even if I thought I saw the twist coming, it was cleverly included to the point where it didn’t matter. I loved it.

Mare the main character, weird name, was great. I thought that she was a regular person who got flung into this world, and I loved that. There weren’t any hints prior to the Queenstrials to suggest that she was different. I thought that was clever, it really meant that we were in the dark until it happened.

Cal and Maven… The two Princes of our story. I liked the wrong Prince. And that’s all I’m going to say. I don’t want to spoil too much! But as for the rest of the royal family, psht. I hated those characters. But you’re supposed to, so that’s okay.

I just want to point out that the names for all the powers people had were awesome also, my personal favourite was Greenwarden! I liked that name!! Though, little lightening girl will always have a place in my heart too.


Victoria’s novel was beautiful. A great introduction to this world where Red’s and Silver’s exist. The war is great, I love how that influences the novel. I just think all-in-all this was a good read and I am definitely looking forward to the sequel!




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