Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Monday, November 2, 2015
Why I Chose this Book: 
I have seen SOOOOO many people loving on this book, so I figured I finally needed to see what all the hype was about for myself. I ended up getting it on audiobook a few months ago and finally finished it.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: February 10th, 2015
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: eARC
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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... (Goodreads)

My Bookish Thoughts: 
Oh no. Really? REALLY? I didn’t like this book? What’s wrong with me? Am I the only one out there? Yep, only one apparently, because everyone else adored it. So let me tell you a few of the problems I have with this book.

First, did anyone see the resemblance to Hunger Games and all other kinds of dystopias? I felt like it wasn’t original. The way magic worked wasn’t original… and should I even say it? The characters weren’t even all that original either… *gasp* I know, I know. That might have been a low blow, but that’s how I felt.

Nothing surprised me about this book. I wasn’t impressed with any part of it, and I couldn’t shake the misconception I had that this was a high fantasy book. It didn’t really read like a high fantasy, but more like a dystopia within a slightly fantastical setting.

I know you guys will probably burn me in effigy for this review, but I just really couldn’t do it. If the writing had been better, I could have forgiven the unoriginal plot, but there was only a single line that I liked… but then she kept repeating the same concept in different ways later on, knocking the feet out from under a great sentence that could have stood on its own two feet.

Final Thoughts: 
I am disappointed that I didn’t like it. I really wanted to. Seriously, I did! But I just couldn’t bring myself to like it. Sorry folks! Better luck next time!

I gave this book 1.5 stars.


  1. It's a shame you didn't like this book :( I didn't like it too much either but I gave it a three stars. I had a major problem with how similar it is to other dystopian books too.

    1. Yeah that was my major problem too! It was just way to predictable because it was so similar to others!

  2. I did like this book a lot, but I can see where you are coming from and I don't think you are the only one that didn't like it. I do think it wasn't very unique, but I guess I loved it all the same. I can't remember too much about it now since I read it months ago. lol

    1. I'm glad it worked for you! Every one is different :)

  3. I didn't like this book much either!
    I had the exact same problems as you with the similarities to other popular books - it felt like there was no part of this novel that was original, it was like a mash up of all the dystopians I've ever read.
    And I'm sure I know exactly what line it was that you mean, and I felt the same way about that too!

  4. I didn't think it was that bad of a book. I read it because it sounded interesting enough, and people kept comparing it to Red Rising (which I love). I wanted to see what the hype was all about. I do admit, I was disappointed. I don't blame you for not liking this book at all. I take it you won't be continuing on with the series?

  5. The unoriginality did bother me at first, but then it's so difficult to have a completely original idea when the dystopian genre has pretty much been done to death in the last few years. I looked past that and found I liked the concept. I admit, I'm easy to please, but I feel like this has the potential to grow into something good (probably not great, but definitely a good satisfying read) so I'm carrying on. And I think I know exactly what line you mean, it was a good line if we're on the same page, it got repeated a bit too much, but I can't deny it was still good.


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