Review: Glass Sword (Red Queen #2) by Victoria Aveyard

Welcome to the second installment of the Red Queen series.  The Glass Sword takes off from where Red Queen left us.  Cal and Mare are now with the rebel front but only one of them is trusted and wanting to participate. For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.

23174274Book Blurb:

Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

The electrifying next installment in the Red Queen series escalates the struggle between the growing rebel army and the blood-segregated world they’ve always known—and pits Mare against the darkness that has grown in her soul

Review:

Mare and Cal have now found themselves with the rebel front. Cal is reluctant to participate but he feels he has no other choice.  Mare is now fully committed.  She knows what Maven has planned and now her goal is to stop him and save people like her.  As she goes deeper into the rebellion and saves more people she will start to question how her choices have begun to affect those around her.  When her biggest risks costs more than she expects will she be able to pull herself out of the darkness or let it consume her? Will her heart let her accept and trust Cal or will Maven win in a way that can destroy Mare?

I must say this sequel out did all of my expectations.  It left me with a horrible book hangover and a broken heart.  In the Glass Sword, Victoria Aveyard takes the reader further into Mare’s world.  With the rebellion and the new mission to find more of her kind this story becomes intrigal to the world itself.  The characters of Cal and Maren become more complex as does their relationship.  Though with this book the reader will really experience heart break on many levels.  The writing and story is told so well that you will forget that most of these characters are only teenagers and not the adults that they must act like.  In all, this book has solidified the world of the Red Queen and will leave you sad, heart broken and dying for the next book in the series.

Review: Red Queen (Red Queen #1) by Victoria Aveyard

I must share this fantastic series I just started.  The Red Queen series is a phenomenal world where the lower classes have red blood are looked down and forced to fight in a war that only loses their lives and the distinguishing upper classes have silver blood and all the power. That is until one girl changes it all.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  Be sure to check back later this week for the second book in this series.

22328546Book Blurb:

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 …

Review:

Mare has only ever had a real talent for pick pocketing.  But, as the time draws nearer to her conscription into the war and her best friend’s likely conscription she becomes desperate to change her station and those around her.  When an unlikely meeting with a stranger lands her a job serving the royal family she sees hope.  But her appearance becomes more.  An unexpected ability spills from her.  Something red bloods aren’t supposed to be able to have.  Suddenly, Mare is swept up into intrigue, rebellion and two princes who compete for her heart.  In Mare’s new world will she be able to survive to help those who need her and fight for what she wants? Or will she be swallowed up in so many lies she doesn’t know which way to turn.

This book was phenomenal.  From the first moment in this book I was pulled into a world that was fighting to be more than what it was.  With a character like Mare Barrow you are lead from the poorest of villages to brightest of castles.  Through Mare we see and feel the losses of war, rebellion and betrayal.  Victoria Aveyard has created a world that is both relatable and fantastical.  Her heroin of Mare is not perfect but very flawed.  But its the emotions she feels about her flaws that make her so phenomenal.  In this book, you will find yourself engrossed in a fictional world that has the reader crying, cheering and screaming with each page turn.  If you haven’t picked this book up yet,  believe me when I say you need to.

 

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