Red Queen: a series review

 


Series: Red Queen
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Books: Red Queen, Glass Sword, King’s Cage, War Storm
Novellas: Queen Song, Steel Scars
Genre: Dystopian, Fantasy, Romance, YA
Publisher: Harper Teen
Overall series rating:

For a review of each of these books, follow these links:

Red Queen
Glass Sword
King’s Cage
War Storm
Cruel Crown

WARNING: mild spoilers. 

When I first started this series back in 2015, I thought I had found a new favorite. I LOVED the first book, and I had high hopes for the rest of the series. Unfortunately, the first book was the only one to get my 5-rose rating.

So what happened to cause a rating of 5 to drop to a rating of 3 for the other three books and two novellas?

Not much. That’s what happened.

The second book had so much of the same thing: the finding, recruiting, and training of newbloods.

Book three had so much of the same thing: Mare and Maven and their twisted relationship.

Book four had so much of the same thing: everyone talking about taking Maven down.

Other things happened, definitely. And there were some good parts that I really enjoyed. But this series dragged on and on and on. The story probably could have been told in half as many words, and been better for it. I had such a hard time remembering what was happening, who some people even were, and why I liked the series to begin with.

Believe me when I say that I wanted to love this series – instead, I lost all interest in it after the first book.

What do you think? Have you read the Red Queen series? I’d love to know what you thought of it!

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War Storm

Title: War Storm
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Series: Red Queen, 4/4
Genre: Dystopian, Fantasy, Romance, YA
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: May 15th, 2018

Note: This post reviews the fourth and final book of the Red Queen series. You may like to read the first three books in the series, Red Queen, Glass Sword, and King’s Cage, before reading this review. 

Mild spoilers.

The ending of the third book of the series, King’s Cage, left us just as brokenhearted as Mare Barrow. When Cal ultimately chooses his crown over the girl he loves, Mare (and the Scarlet Guard) must continue to fight for what they have all been working toward – taking Maven down. And the only way to take down the prince who nearly broke her is to side with the prince who broke her heart.

But this rebellion is bigger than just a messed up love triangle, and always has been. The future of Norta, and the kingdoms surrounding it, is at stake. Will the Reds rise together as the dawn and defeat the Silver oppression once and for all, or will they be so defeated that they will never rise again?

Believe me when I say that I wanted to love this series – instead, I lost all interest in it after the first book. There were some good parts to this book that I really enjoyed. But the series overall dragged on and on. I had a hard time remembering what was happening, who some people were, and why I liked the series to begin with.

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Hello, 2018!

Happy New Year, everyone! I’m sorry I didn’t make my weekly post on Monday (and I haven’t missed a Monday since I started about 16 months ago!), but at least I am posting this week. I was partying too hard welcoming in the new year. (And when I say “partying” I mean “Disneying!”)

As we all turn our attention on the new year, I wanted to share with you some of the books that I am anxiously awaiting to hit the shelves this year. Here are my top YA books for 2018!

A Court of Frost and Starlight, book 4 of the A Court of Thorns and Roses series – May 2018

War Storm, book 4 of the Red Queen series – May 2018

The Orphan’s Wish, book 8 of Hagenheim series – June 2018

Throne of Glass book 7 (Untitled) – Fall 2018

Are any of these books on your To Read list too?

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Cruel Crown

Title: Cruel Crown
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Series: Red Queen, a companion
Genre: Dystopian, Fantasy, Romance, YA 
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: January 5th, 2016 

 
Note: This post reviews a companion book in the Red Queen series. You may like to read at least the first book in the series, Red Queen, before reading this review so that you have a good understanding of the world Aveyard has created and the characters in it. 
 

Queen Song is about the Singer Queen, Coriane, who came before Elara. She meets Prince Tiberias and develops a friendship and eventually a romance with him. Coriane does not consider herself wise or powerful or beautiful, but Tiberias sees something in her that he loves and needs. When he chooses her as his bride, the people believe that she must have “sung” to him, using her persuasive powers to manipulate the Prince into loving her. But Coriane is not the manipulative kind, and rarely uses her powers on anyone, let alone the Prince. When Tiberias becomes king, and Coriane his queen, Elara uses her own mind powers to get into Coriane’s head, driving her mad. We watch the deterioration happen in her mind as Elara controls her to the point of death.

Steel Scars is parallel to the time frame of Red Queen, but instead of following Mare’s story, we follow Farley’s. We know Farley as the young captain of the Scarlet Guard, the group of Reds that resists the tyranny of the Silvers. This short story shows Farley as she tries to be a strong leader and prove herself to the Scarlet Guard. While she displays confidence and leadership throughout this series, we now see a more vulnerable side to her. I enjoyed seeing more of her relationship with Shade, Mare’s brother. In Steel Scars, Farley and Shade meet, become friends, and fall in love.

I am a fan of Red Queen, and I’m happy that Aveyard expanded on this world a bit more by giving us these two short stories.

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Glass Sword

Title: Glass Sword
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Series: Red Queen, book 2/4
Genre: Dystopian, Fantasy, Romance, YA 
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: February 9th, 2016

 
 
Note: This post reviews the second book of the Red Queen series. You may like to read the first book in the series, Red Queen, before reading this review.
 

Mild spoilers. 

Mare has narrowly escaped the clutches of the newly crowned King Maven. His treason has been carefully masked, portraying his brother, Cal, as the true traitor who murdered their father, with the help of Mare. Both Mare and Cal are on the run with the Scarlet Guard, the resistance group of Reds that defies the Silvers; Mare is a member of the group, Cal a prisoner.

Cal gradually finds himself working with the resistance group he had sought to take down, for now they have a common interest: to kill Maven. Cal proves himself useful, not only as a skilled soldier, but also as a pilot. But there is still division between them, particularly with Mare. Their attraction throughout the book is almost tangible, but their blood continues to separate them.

Mare’s mission now is to find “newbloods,” the Reds like herself, with powers like the Silvers. With the help of Farley (captain of the Scarlet Guard), Shade (her brother), Kilorn (her friend), and Cal, Mare tracks down these newbloods and tries to recruit them before Maven finds and kills them.

The pace of this book was slower than the last book. I liked it, but the series lost momentum from book one to book two.

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Red Queen

 
Title: Red Queen
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Series: Red Queen, book 1/4 
Genre: Dystopian, Fantasy, Romance, YA
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: February 10th, 2015 


Mare Barrow is a Red; that is, her blood is red, and that makes her a commoner. All Reds are considered inferior to the Silvers, the nobility who are close to gods with their different powers. They are cruel, ruling over the Reds with unquestionable authority. 
After a chance meeting with a man from the palace, Mare is summoned there the next day to work as a servant, miraculously escaping her inevitable conscription in the war. Her palace duties throw her into a crowd gathered for the competition of the crown prince’s hand in marriage. Mare cannot believe her eyes when she sees that the man she met the night before, is none other than the crown prince himself.

Mare accidentally produces a surge of lightening in an attempt to protect herself. Mare, just as surprised as the Silvers, flees for her life, but is captured. The King and Queen cannot let people know what she truly is, so they form a lie that she is really a Silver, not a Red. In addition, Mare is betrothed to Cal’s younger brother, Maven, as a way to secure her secret. Meanwhile, Cal is betrothed to another. Mare and Cal, both are betrothed to other people, have an obvious attraction to one another.

The theme of this story is betrayal: the secret romance of Mare and Cal; Mare’s involvement in the Scarlet Guard, a resistance group trying to overthrow the royal family; Maven’s own participation in the Scarlet Guard; and the betrayal of family against family that unravels at the end.

I loved this first book of the series. Well done, Victoria Aveyard, for writing such a captivating debut!

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