Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard | Review

Red QueenRed Queen by Victoria Aveyard
by Orion on February 10th 2015
Young Adult, Romance, Dystopia, Fantasy

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 center 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?


Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard is the first book in the Red Queen series. It follows Mare Barrow, a red blooded commoner in a world ruled by the silver blooded. Her whole life is uprooted when she finds out that she has a special power of her own despite those only being for the elite silvers. Now forced to live a silver life while working against them in a red rebellion, what will she do?

I went into Red Queen with an open mind. Ever since it’s debut, there have been a ton of mixed reviews. Some really good ones, and some not so good. But I don’t like to let reviews stop me from reading a book. Everyone has their own personal likes and dislikes and the book sounded very interesting to me. Separating the author from the book, I thoroughly enjoyed it. It may have taken me over a month to actually finish it, but I got there.


Victoria Aveyard should be applauded for her writing abilities. The story is very well written. She takes an interesting plot and makes it grand. I honestly felt like I was watching a movie in my head while reading it. She built a fantastic world filled with super powers, war, love, and especially DECEIT. For once in my life I actually did not see that plot twist coming.

The wide variety of characters set the tone for the story. You have Mare, our heroine. Courageous, genuine, and visionary. She does everything in her power to change the world so that both Reds & Silvers can live harmoniously without iron fist ruling. But that also brings us to her not so great traits. She’s reckless, rash, and easily manipulated. If she truly wants to bring about the changes to her world, she’s going to have to grow and learn more about herself before she screws things up again.

Cal and Maven, the silver princes were typical Ying and Yang. Where one was brave, the other was timid. Where one was strong, the other was weak. Where one was good, the other complete evil. You have to read to find out who is who. And let me tell you, you won’t be disappointed.


Not all is perfect in Red Queen though. The story dragged on until the huge climax near the end. This was the reason which lead me to take so long to finish it. I just wasn’t invested enough in the storyline around the middle and really hoped at times, that something major was going to happen. It just kept going and going at a snail pace for me.

Overall, I had a really fun time reading Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. I would highly recommend that you don’t listen to the negative reviews this book has unfortunately received, and go in with an open mind. Let me know if you’ve read it, and lets start a conversation!

Until next time,


About the Author

Author9Victoria Aveyard is a writer repped by Suzie Townsend at New Leaf Literary & Media, Inc. She splits her time between her hometown East Longmeadow, Massachusetts and Los Angeles. After graduating with a BFA in Screenwriting from the University of Southern California, she decided to try her hand at writing a novel. Her debut RED QUEEN came out of the terrifying, unemployed year after college.


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Jesse Nicholas lives in Toronto, Canada. He is an aspiring writer and one day wishes to have a novel published. Along with writing, Jesse enjoys music, travel, trashy TV, and is an avid reader of anything in the Young Adult and Fantasy/Sci-Fi genres. He is currently posts reviews on the novels he reads on his blog, and spends hours upon hours coming up with ideas for a future stories.

13 thoughts on “Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard | Review

  1. Yay you like it! There’s way too much undeserved negativity about this book. I enjoyed it as well, the beginning was a bit of déjà vu but after that I thought the book was so fun! I especially enjoyed the ending 😀

    Also, liking the graphics :D!!


  2. Great review! Oh my God it took you a month to read it?! Wow! I haven’t read Red Queen yet, but I think I will!



  3. I’ve seen this book being tweeted and was interested. Thank you for the honest review. I guess if it is a little bit dragging then I would put this on the bottom of my TBR pile. 😀 There is a lot of books that I want to start like like SIx of Crows and Falling Kingdom series.

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