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