Review by Norma: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Date read:  February 17 to 19, 2017

A few books that I have read and that have caught my attention lately have been intended for a Young Adult audience. Some of those books didn’t really read like a YA novel to me but this one did seem to be a little more suitable for a teen audience. So with that being said this gets 3.5 stars from me for being an okay read as I found the premise of this book somewhat intriguing and enjoyable to read. However, I thought this book contained a lot of similar ideas from other books that I have read, Hunger Games did keep popping into my head while reading this one.

THE RED QUEEN by VICTORIA AVEYARD is an interesting, compelling, and atmospheric fantasy novel that was well-written and grabbed my attention from the very first chapter. There is deceit, romance, betrayal, love, action, and characters with supernatural abilities. I must admit all those aspects of a novel are very attractive to me.

Mostly being a cover and title reader this is one of the main reasons that I choose this book to be read. I really like the cover and title of this book as it definitely depicts a dark read which I found extremely fitting for this novel. A silver crown dripping with red blood.

VICTORIA AVEYARD delivers a pretty good read here with likeable characters and that was easy to follow along with the storyline and all the characters involved. But, I don’t know I had a slight problem with some of the storytelling as it felt like it was a little repetitive in telling us instead of immersing us in the storyline. I got a good grasp of what was happening in the characters lives but would have liked more of a descriptive feel of their world. If that makes sense…..

Our heroine Mare is a Red who finds herself working in the Silver palace and is soon labeled THE LIGHTNING GIRL as she has a special ability of her own. Two princes in the Silver palace soon to be the next king, Cal and his brother Maven….. For the majority of the book I was really torn who I wanted Mare’s love interest to be. Cal or Maven? I kept finding myself going back and forth on this as they both seemed to be so equally attractive and desirable with their own strengths and unique ways. Although, Cal might have been just a tiny bit more appealing to me!

What really made this book for me was the conclusion as it was exciting, surprising with a really good plot twist, action-packed, and a cliffhanger ending to entice me to read the next book in this series, GLASS SWORD.