Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard ~ Review & Quote-tastic (@VictoriaAveyard, @harperteen)

It has been a long time coming, but I finally picked up Red Queen! I don't know why it has taken so long, but now I'm on edge waiting for my copy of Glass Sword to come in the post!
Red Queen
Title: Red Queen
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Series: Red Queen #1
Genre: YA Fantasy
Published: June 7th 2016

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Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood—those with common, Red blood serve the Silver-blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. There, before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own.

To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess, and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard—a growing Red rebellion—even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays the only certainty is betrayal.

This sweeping story of palace intrigue, class hierarchy, and deception will keep readers hurtling along, desperate to find out Mare’s fate. Her honesty and determination, quick wit, and no-holds-barred attitude will surely make readers fall in love with her.

I have wanted to read the Red Queen series for a long time, and when I was browsing books at the shops I found it there and had to give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised as to how much I was hooked to the story, reading it at every opportunity I had. I was fascinated by the world, the characters and each and every twist! I'm so excited to get my hands on the next book.

Mare was a character who was hardened by the environment she had grown up in. She accepted that she was going to have to go to war because she didn't have employment, and a change of circumstances made her take risks that she otherwise wouldn't have done. One mistake and crossing paths with a stranger changed her life as she knew it. She was thrown into the royal court as a servant and soon became something more.

I thoroughly enjoyed each new challenge Mare faced. I liked seeing her interact with both of the princes: Cal and Maven, and seeing her struggle with her feelings for both of them. There were multiple dangers that she had to go through as she fought for change behind the scenes. I liked that she had plenty of support, she was willing to fight despite the loss that she had suffered through.

There was a touch of romance, plenty of plotting and some deception that will have you on the edge of your seat! I had a feeling about a few aspects, wondering which direction they would go... some I actually got right! I was so excited how things turned out, the suspense.... OMG! I was hooked! I had to slow my reading down, so I wouldn’t get too carried away and miss something important! Victoria Aveyard has me hooked, and I cannot wait to read Glass Sword! 

There were a lot of moments that I wanted to choose, between Mare and Cal, or Mare and Maven, but I thought this one was sweet.

“This probably isn’t the best idea, Cal.”
He cocks his head, pleasantly confused. “Why’s that?”
He's really going to make me say it. “I'm not even supposed to be alone with Maven.” I stumble over the words, feeling myself flush. “I don’t know if dancing with you in a dark room is exactly okay.”
Instead of arguing, Cal just laughs and shrugs. Another song, slower with a haunting tune, fills the room. “The way I see it, I’m doing my brother a favor.” Then he grins crookedly. “Unless you want to step on his feet all night?”
“I have excellent footing, thank you very much,” I say, crossing my arms.
Slowly, softly, he takes my hand. “Maybe in the ring,” he says. “The dance floor, not so much.” I look down to watch his feet, moving in time with the music. He pulls me along, forcing me to follow, and, despite my best efforts, I stumble against him.

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Victoria AveyardVictoria Aveyard is an author and screenwriter, born and raised in a small town in Western Massachusetts. Both her parents are public school teachers, as well as avid film, television, and literature fans. Victoria grew up on a steady diet The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter, and LOST. She pursued a degree in Writing for Film & Television at the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts. After graduating college in 2012, Victoria moved home from Los Angeles and began writing the manuscript that would become Red Queen. 

She has since published three #1 New York Times bestselling and USA Today bestselling books, two New York Times bestselling novellas, and continues pursuing her writing career while living full-time in Los Angeles, California.

The Red Queen series is currently being translated into 37 languages and counting.

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