Red Queen Series by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen Series by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen Series by Victoria Aveyard

(Red Queen, Glass Sword, Kings Cage, War Storm)

Rating: (2.5 / 5)

Genre: YA Fantasy

Content: Magic, Superhuman, Gods

Favorite of the series: Red Queen

 

Synopsis: Mare Barrow lives in a world where if your blood runs red, you are treated as a lesser person. The higher people, the people whose blood runs silver, are considered as good as Gods. They have abilities; controlling the elements, insane speed, bending the light to turn into shadow.. When Mare gets a job at the palace, she soon realises it may not be only silvers who have abilities. This turns into a dangerous game in which she must cover up her heritage and becomes betrothed to the younger prince to hide her in plain sight. But who can she trust within the palace?

 

This series was a huge disappointment for me. I think one of the biggest issues I came across was the fact that it was SOOO political based. I found myself losing interest and getting bored of reading because the entire focus was politics and war strategy. There wasn’t much else going for the storyline most of the time. This makes me really sad because I had very high expectations for this series after reading the first book. The first book was AMAZING!! I read it in just a few days and I couldn’t put it down. Once I started the second book, I quickly realised I was about to be very let down. The second book was a bore. I found myself really struggling to power through it and I really just wanted it to be over. While the third and fourth book were significantly better, they still did not even compare to the first book. I felt as if the series was dragging on and that they could have been written in just 3 books instead of 4. I also think that politics being the entire focus after the first book was a serious flaw on the author’s part. While her writing style was good, the plot line was lacking.

One of the aspects I did love about the series is the villain characters. I think the author does a great job creating them and their personalities. I also enjoy the reasons behind their lack of humanity, etc. I think she was able to develop them into people I would understand, and it makes sense why they turned out certain ways. But that’s all I can say about it! The one thing is that I wish we could have read from the point of the villains, get into their mindset a bit. But sadly we never get this luxury.

I wasn’t as crazy about the main character as I usually am in a series, but at the same time I think Mare Barrow was very relatable and she consistently reacts and bends to situations in a very realistic way. If I went through some of the things she had to go through throughout the series, I would probably end up the same way. Her personality and the way she interacts with those around her changes a lot. I actually really enjoyed this aspect, and I enjoy that it’s believable in that her actions don’t reflect her true feelings at times. However, I found our main girl kind of annoying most of the time.

As a whole, I found myself losing interest often in the series and it felt like more of a chore to read them. I don’t think I would recommend this series to my readers.

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