Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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Red Queen by Victoria Averyard tells the story of main character, Mare Barrow, who was born into a poor Red family. She relied heavily on stealing as a way to survive. As a red, she wasn’t supposed to have any powers like the Silvers had but through the course of the book she discovers that she can control lightning. Her status progresses from a poor Red to a long-lost Silver princess. If you don’t know the difference between the Reds and the Silvers: The Reds have red blood and are rather, well, normal. However, the Silvers have silver blood and are mutated to have special powers. They’re the royalty, if you will. Without disclosing much spoilers (which I’m trying to less and less) as I continue with these book reviews, know that this book was better than good but it didn’t quite make it to fantastic. This may have been because mid-way through it dragged then picked up.

However, if you love plot twists like I do, this takes the throne. Literally. It reveals almost nothing about its existence before Averyard throws the plot twist right in your face. It’s great. As for the character development of Mare, phenomenal. There are no drastic changes but a slow dignifying change through the course of the novel. It’s almost realistic with the exception of the drama and lightning coming out of her fingertips. I have yet to make my way to third and fourth books but it’s something that I can’t wait to do when I get extra time. I almost can’t stop saying good things about it. Please, take a copy. If you can’t seem to get your hands on it, I’ll let you borrow mine. Without a doubt Red Queen takes the cake with a 5 out of 5 stars. Until next week.