Thursday, February 5, 2015

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard [Joint Review!]

4 out of 5 Robots!

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Series: Red Queen Trilogy, #1
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Release: February 10, 2015
Hardcover:  320 Pages
Publisher: Orion
My Copy: Publisher
Reviewer: Shannon & Julia

Book Summary:
The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.

To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.

Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of
those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.

But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?
(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Julia & Shannon: Joint Review!
1. In a couple sentences, what did you think of The Red Queen
Shannon: The Red Queen is highly entertaining, but familiar story. Much like a big blockbuster movie, it is best enjoyed if you don't think about it too much because you'll start to see all the plot holes.
Julia:  The Red Queen is delightfully engrossing, but with that being said - It doesn't feel unique at all. I kept feeling like I'd read this all somewhere else before. That didn't distract me much from the story anyway. Like Shannon said though, don't think too much while you're reading and you will really enjoy yourself.

2. There are way too many love interests - who did Mare have the most chemistry with?
Shannon: Mare had chemistry with herself. I jest, I jest. I mean, I liked her with Cal and I liked her with Maven. I wanted her to pick a certain brother over the other because it seemed like it would be the more surprising choice. I will say that The Red Queen fell into the same kind of trap that Twilight suffered from, which is everyone is bewitched by our heroine, but for no real reason. Mare is not particularly nice to either brother, but yet, they both fall in love with her. And there is also her childhood best friend waiting in the sidelines. On the surface it is fun, but there is no substance to either relationship. 

Julia:  I admit that I was rooting for Maven the entire time. But Mare didn't show any real chemistry with any of the love interests. Honestly I was most interested in Lucas, but that amounts to literally nothing. Kilhorn is the most annoying character in the novel and I was hoping he'd quit popping up... You don't see much development in any relationship except the one with Maven, so I still think she had the most chemistry with him.

3. What did you think of the society, Silvers rule Reds drool! 
Shannon: Well, sure, it was a great set up for conflict, but again...all surface, no substance. There was no real reason for who the Silvers were, why they were they way they were, how the Silvers came to be in power. I would care a little less if it wasn't insinuated that this was some future version of our world. I also thought it was odd that Mare was so ignorant of Silver customs. She really had no idea about anything they did. I know this was a plot device to inform the reader, but it fell flat with me. I mean, Katniss sure knew a lot about the Capital than Mare does about Silvers, you see what I mean?
Julia: I think the society itself is interesting, but the author didn't gracefully put the reader into their volatile world. There is a lot of info dumping and it is done so that we're learning as Mare does. But really, how does Mare not already know all of this about the silvers? I mean, her sister does a good bit of work for them... Just didn't help the story flow well.

4. What is your favorite part of the plot? 
Shannon: The really shallow part of me liked her budding romance with Maven. But other than that, I just liked seeing what craziness was going to happen next.

Julia: I enjoyed the super plot twist at the end the most, didn't like it, but also didn't see it coming. I like surprises. 

5. The ending has a major plot twist, are you satisfied and will you read the second? 
Shannon: Oh the ending...well, it was either going to end how I thought it was, or it was going to be a big twist. I was half expected a big twist, so I wasn't TOO surprised when it all went down. I was kind of mad because it wasn't the way I wanted it to, but it does change everything. I do want to see what happens in the second book.

Julia: The ending is pure crazy. I didn't see that coming AT ALL. Talk about evil. I don't really think it was satisfying, but I liked it because I didn't expect it. At this point, I say I want to read the next book to see where we go from here... but we will see how interested I am in Red Queen #2 a year from now. I may decide I don't care anymore. haha. 

6. So what is your final consensus? What's your rating and who are you recommending Red Queen to? 
Shannon: I am going to give this 4 stars. I feel like I should rate it lower because it really felt like a bunch of other books stitched together. I did a lot of eye rolling because it was just like, "Of COURSE that would happen". There were also so many convenient plot devices and there wasn't a lot of real explanation for anything. BUT, I was incredibly entertained too. So for that, I will keep it at 4 stars. I think fans of Twilight, The Selection and The Hunger Games will probably enjoy this book.

Julia: I am giving Red Queen 4 stars. Leaving out the 5th star because it doesn't feel fresh at all. It still gets a good rating because I was so engrossed it isn't even funny. Regardless of all the eye rolling I did, I couldn't stop reading and wanted to know what happened next. I think if you like fluffy young adult books, you won't mind this one.

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