Red Queen

Red Queen

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kargus
Jun 24, 2019

I checked out this ebook but received Queen Song - a short prequel to Red Queen. It was a good story but I was looking for the first in the series.

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itz_lillian
Jun 06, 2019

Like many books, the book started off a little slow, but I find that necessary to explain any background information. Once it started going though, it had me hooked, and I could barely put it down. The characters are well htought out and the character arc/development is done very well. Aveyard also adds twists to the book that I personally didn't expect. This book made me think a lot about what would happen next, and they only get better from here. It's definitely a dystopian novel if that's what you like, and make sure to read the rest of the series if you enjoyed this book.

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KatNova_
May 14, 2019

It took me a while to really get into it, but by the end of the book I was completely hooked and itching to read the next one!

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KBibaeff3
May 08, 2019

Thrilling first installment to a series. Like most books, slightly slow beginning. Worth reading and excited to read number 2.

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gurleena
Apr 05, 2019

Man, what do I say? It was SPECTACULAR! I got this for my birthday, but never knew much about this book. I read it, and was immediately hooked. This series is off to a great start. This book leaves you with plenty of cliffhangers and questions. There’s a sweet romance, a twist of fate, and a great betrayal. I loved it!

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AnonymousLibrarian
Jan 31, 2019

It took me a few chapters to get into this book, but once I did I couldn't wait to see how the story would unfold. Similar storyline to the Divergent Series and Hunger Games.

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MamaDavis1
Jan 30, 2019

This book is so well done. It unexpectedly gripped me right away I sat and read 215 pages in the first sitting, sacrificing sleep! Such a good read. Looking forward to the prequel and the others she may write. Excellently detailed.

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SpeedyLlama
Jan 28, 2019

I honestly wasn't expecting to like this book. It was one of those books where you are perusing the shelves, because you are looking for a good read, and all the books you have read lately are disappointing. I saw it, and was like, "Well, I suppose it wouldn't hurt to try." A few hours later, I opened it up, and was immediately hooked. From the first page I was loving it! Although it has something my friend likes to call a 'generic female dystopian protagonist' (spunky, independent female protagonists who makes it clear she can fend for herself ex. Katniss, Aelin Galathynius, Tris), I really felt a connection to Mare. The storyline was intriguing, and I loved the way the author writes! I've also read way too many books from a third person perspective, so reading first person was refreshing. However, one thing I noticed was that it held some resemblance to Keeper of the Lost Cities. It seemed like KOTLC but written for older audiences. All of the silver abilities were pretty similar to Shannon Messenger's book, as well as the conflict between those who have abilities and those who don't.

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goddessbeth
Jan 19, 2019

Red Queen is everything I want in a Young Adult Fantasy novel: intelligent, imaginative, fast-paced, with shades of real world conflict and steamy, believable romance. A few times it strayed into possible trope territory, but I stuck with it and I'm glad I did, as it went the best place it could go. And that ending! So very cliffhanger, I am itching to pick up the next book.

I've read other books that attempted to address class war in a fantasy setting, and have come across as shallow and trite. But Red Queen definitely nails it. The Reds are suffering, cruelly and needlessly. The Silvers clearly view them as sub-people, and are caught up in their own machinations and fear to the point of losing the capability of sympathy. No individual in this book is a mustache-twirling villain, neither are any a Dudley Doright hero. Moral choices, intelligent choices, popular choices, devious choices- every character is defined by what they choose to do. And colored a bit by the expectations and desires of the character interpreting their actions (Mare).

The romance surprised me as entirely believable. Usually I find romances, especially in YA, to be overdramatic, implausible, or predictable. This had the air of real chemistry. And I actually liked the romantic interest. Er, interests. But it works out, I promise, in the best possible way.

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ami_clayton
Jan 08, 2019

As an adult lover of YA dystopia, this one gets four stars. Yes, a lot of the tropes employed are cliche in the genre. I found the plot maddeningly predictable and wasn't surprised by any of the twists, but I appreciate the worldbuilding, the dialogue, and the sometimes unreliable narrator enough to rate it highly.

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pink_dog_617
Dec 08, 2018

Action packed, and hard to keep away from. It was practically glued to my hands. It's perfectly paced, never boring, and engaging characters. I moment I finished The Red I tore my room apart looking for the next book. The moment I found it i wasted no time in finishing the first half of the book. No doubt this is a 5 star book.

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sschriver
Dec 07, 2018

The generally read true crime novels, so this was a change for me. The last series that I read was The Hunger Games. I found this series to be very addictive. It was difficult to wait for War Storm to come out earlier this year. I was a little disappointed with the ending, but it leaves an opening for a 5th book in the future.

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LottsOLuvv
Dec 04, 2018

It's such a brilliantly written story. I couldn't stop thinking about it when I wasn't reading it. I think this is the fastest I've ever read a full book before.

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mogie
Nov 05, 2018

I'm not entirely sure why it took me so long to finish this book. I enjoyed it. Maybe I found the development slow. I will likely read the rest of the series and recommend it to anyone who likes Hunger Games, the Uglies, etc. Maybe I am getting a bit tired of this genre...The market is definitely over saturated, but this was a stand out.

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AwesomeNadja
Aug 16, 2018

I've been dying to read this series for quite a while now and I was not disappointed. The Red Queen is a romantic-dystopian novel that has excitement and betrayal at every turn. It reflects society and the hierarchy within communities and how revolutions are formed when the underclassmen decide enough is enough. All in all, this book is AMAZING and I recomend it to anyone who needs an escape from reality or just wants a good book to read.

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KRISTA LACKEY
Jul 26, 2018

One of my favorite books! Filled with twists and turns! You'll never see the end coming!

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pcha012
Jul 25, 2018

I remember reading this book a year ago and I could not put it down because I was so good! I do not remember much but I remember mare's fiancé betrayed her and the was a huge plot twist. I was really surprised on how the character changes throughout the book. Honestly I wanted Mare to be with him instead but he turned out to be really cruel towards everyone in the end. The ending did not turn out as I expected and threw off kind of boring but it went well. Anyways I loved this and the big plot in this as well!

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dshyams
Jul 20, 2018

I listened to this book during a road trip that I went on recently, and I just could not put it down. The ending totally came out of nowhere. I am really excited to read the next books.

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bookishmutant
Jun 21, 2018

DNF. Couldn’t stand it any longer.

Please. Just stop. Stop it with the horrible fake names (sometimes I can handle them, but these were egregious), the insta-love, the overused dystopian world and characters, and everything else.
It seems I’m in the minority on this one, but with all of the good, original YA out there, how can this have a fairly large fandom? It’s all just a mess of tropes and cliches. Do yourself a favor and read something with creativity and substance. I beg you.

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Nikky_T
Jun 08, 2018

I was really excited to read this, the plot seemed very intriguing and right up my alley. I love seeing authors takes on dystopian societies. In the end though, this book was disappointing, it felt like all the romance was forced and though I really liked the idea of the plot I just don't think it was written to the full extent it could have been. All my other friends who read it felt the same, it's a good book if you don't mind the forced awkward conversations and I thought the world development was really good. It just feels like the whole book was way to stretched out and should have ended 100 pages earlier. Not really worth the read honestly, there are so many other great books with similar plots that are way more captivating like Throne of Glass.

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KristieBMartinez
May 06, 2018

Interesting take on dystopian society, but the protagonist is weak...for now. We will have to see how her character develops over the course of the remaining parts of the series.

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Kendra_V
Feb 11, 2018

it was an awsome book!!!
totally didnt see the betrayal coming.

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PJMilanta
Nov 05, 2017

This is a really good book, it is very unique and well written. Very good plot twist. My only problem is the fact that I'm not too much of a dystopian world lover. I think if you are you will enjoy the sequels just as much but I just didn't feel interested enough to read the sequels. This book still is very good and I love the concept I read it in a day and if the series went in a different direction then I would of continued

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Marilyn34
Oct 23, 2017

The novel really shows how not everyone is how they truly are on the outside.

Check out my review of "Red Queen" on my blog at:
http://axarr.blogspot.com/2016/06/review-wednesday-red-queen-by-victoria.html

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3je82rs9
Oct 12, 2017

Good book!


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