Review: Red Queen

Red QueenTitle: Red Queen
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Links: Goodreads, Amazon, Book Depository
This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The poverty-stricken Reds are commoners, living in the shadow 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.

Then Mare finds herself working at the Silver palace, in the midst 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.


Red Queen was filled to the brim with action, intrigue, suspense, romance, strong characters and unearthly awesome powers; it was fantastic and gripping. With all of these, it’s no wonder why this book has become so wildly popular since it was released in February.

Though I did struggle a little bit to get into this, once I did (after about a chapter or so) I found it to be engaging and I became invested in the characters. Mare Barrow, the main character, is an insanely strong and independent young woman. She discovers that she – a Red blood – has powers, like the superior Silvers, powers that she shouldn’t have, that make no sense. Powers that are extremely dangerous, and should be kept secret at whatever cost.

The world was imaginatively built up and Aveyard’s writing style was amazing: everything was described beautifully and there was just the right amount of tension and suspense to keep you invested and wanting more. I did feel that the plot lacked originality in some places, but this was soon overpowered by the next twist or turn that Aveyard spun on it, and it didn’t taint the story one bit for me. I’ve read countless books that have some of the same ideas within them, yet have their own spins on it.

There is a love triangle in this book, but it wasn’t overpowering and didn’t distract from Mare’s story and everything that was going on- and there was a lot going on. Every chapter had a new turn or event that compelled you to continue reading.

This is also the first time that I have no idea who I think the main character will end up with. Or even who I want her to end up with. I love everyone! And speaking of characters, the development of Mare’s character throughout is great- you can clearly see how she has developed and adapted with her newfound powers to become a stronger person and someone who will stand up for herself against anyone.


There is a lot of well deserved hype surrounding this book, and it is undoubtedly one of the most talked about debuts of the year: ★★★★☆

3 thoughts on “Review: Red Queen

  1. This book has being on my TBR list for a while, I’ve always been excited to read it, even more after reading your review!

    I hate complicated love triangles when it’s hard to keep track of it so glad to hear this one doesn’t!

    🙂 xx

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you! It really is a great book! I was really excited to read it, too. I wanted to read it when it first came out but my TBR list is huge so I had to get through quite a few books beforehand but I was not disappointed! The love triangle isn’t too complicated, but I warn you: there are feels! 🙂 Hope you enjoy it!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. My TBR is massive, it just keeps growing. Cons of having goodreads haha. There’s just too many books out there I want to read! cx

        Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s