GIVEAWAY + REVIEW: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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I am so excited to announce my first giveaway! This is a brand new (UNSIGNED) hardcover copy of Red Queen. All you have to do is click the link above! Make sure you confirm in the opt-in e-mail or your name won’t be in the hat!

Review

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Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Released: February 10, 2015
Series: Red Queen Series [Book One]
Publisher: Orion
Pages: 383
Source: Borrowed

Synopsis
This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.
The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.
That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.
Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.
But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart…

| My thoughts. |

My rating: 4/5 stars

I genuinely enjoyed this book. About two-thirds of the way through I had to return it to my library and then waited for two weeks until I could get it back. The whole time I was itching to finish it!

The society and classes of Reds and Silvers was really intriguing and I personally haven’t seen that done before (although some have argued Red Queen is very similar to Red Rising, but I haven’t read it myself). Their blood determines which class they fit into, and Silvers are the ones with X-Men-like power. This little detail separated Red Queen from being too similar to X-Men in a dystopian setting.

A lot of people have said that some parts of this book has been done before (I mean, what hasn’t by now). I do agree to some extent, which contributed to my deducting a star. When Mare first meets Cal, of course he takes an interest in her, which is the clichéd start of some bad romances these days. Apart from that, though, I was glad this novel didn’t focus entirely on any love story.

The world building reminded me a lot of Hunger Games, which I didn’t particularly like. I realize it’s probably hard to have a dystopian society and it not be similar to The Hunger Games, but it personally just reminded me too much of other novels.

Also, some of Mare’s thoughts/actions were strange. One minute she didn’t want to do something, a tiny thing would happen, and then she 180’d her opinion. She flip-flopped a lot but I was able to overlook these.

But! The story telling was amazing. I felt like I was right there from the beginning, and had a vivid picture of what was going on, without focusing too much on the setting. There’s a huge plot twist and that made me so fricken happy. So many YA Fantasy novels try to go there, but never quite do. Also, there’s a low in this book that is of epic proportions! I mean, really loooww. You’re on the edge of your seat trying to find out what happens as the pages dwindle!

Most importantly, I was emotionally invested in this novel. At one moment I was tearing up and I know this means I related to the characters. No matter how many little things I found that I didn’t like, I think Aveyard did a great job with Red Queen!

Thank you all my lovely readers!

Next month’s giveaway is SPOOKY-themed! Comment below for any suggestions on what I should read and what you want a chance at winning!

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