Red Queen/Glass Sword By Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen: Summary by Goodreads

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.

Glass Sword: Summary by Goodreads

If there’s one thing Mare Barrow knows, it’s that she’s different.
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.

My Review

I absolutely ADORED the Red Queen. The main character, Mare, was a female character different from any other female character that I’ve read about, and all the rest of the characters were amazing. They were developed, in my opinion, perfectly, and all of them felt so real to me. With personal conflicts as well as conflicts involving other people, they were frustrating enough to keep me hanging off my seat. The fantasy element of the book was also something I’ve never seen. The world the story took place in was unique, but Aveyard definitely pulled it off. PLOTTWISTS GET AN APPLAUSE FROM ME. However, the cliffhanger ending was a bit iffy for me. It felt rushed and incomplete. The idea was there, though. Other then that, I loved the action-packed plot and the extremely descriptive imagery. I literally SAW the book in my head. AND CAN I SAY… THE COVER IS GORGEOUS. It’s honestly what got to me in the beginning. I just couldn’t stop staring at it. 👍👍👍👍 4/5. Extremely good, but not my absolute favorite.

I was extremely disappointed by the Glass Sword. I almost had trouble motivating myself to finish it. Honestly, I just wanted to scream at Mare the whole book (those of you who read it, you’d understand: I just wanted to shut the book whenever Mare started talking about her having to take the burden) and Cal was just confusing me. The only thing I liked was Maven. The whole book felt repetitive; as if the story was not progressing. But, I have to give the ending some credit. I actually think it surpassed the first ending. It was pretty epic. Other then that, the book was a boo-hoo for me. 👍👍 2/5. Pretty bad. I took long to finish it.

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