Review: Red Queen (Red Queen #1) by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Received: Bought
Publication Date: February 10th 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen
Point of View: 1st Person
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Dystopia, Fantasy, War Setting, Love-Triangle, Royalty, Powers


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 centre 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?


‘‘You are not Silver. Your parents are Red, you are Red, and your blood is red,’’ the queen murmurs, prowling before the bars of my cage. ‘‘You are a miracle, Mare Barrow, an impossibility. Something even I can’t understand, and I have seen all of you.’’

I can’t wait for this book to become a movie. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed this enormously, but I simply know I’ll love it even more on the big screen. That way, we will actually see, in colour and with all its intensity, the Silver’s abilities, superpowers. Plus, it would be interesting to see how the author imagined her world-building, for I had trouble visualising it while reading.

There are cars and screens and cameras… so it can’t be an historical setting (despite the slight vibe of it), but I wouldn’t think it to be a science-fiction one either… or contemporary, for sure. Basically, the author created her own world – which is admirable – melding Dystopia and High Fantasy as genres. The result is pretty impressive, let me tell you.

It was relatively easy to immerge into the storyline. I wasn’t surprised to discover that Miss Aveyard is in fact a screenwriter as well as a book author, after finishing this, for everything in the narrative flowed and was clear, aside from being fantastically written. Really, I stand by my claim that this will make a successful movie. Now we just have to wait and see.

Mare – the heroine – is incontestably fearless, rather reckless, badass enough but… not a ruler born. She wants the best for her people and tries to free them with as much power as she can muster, but her taking rash important decisions draws affliction to her person and people around her. A lot. Lot. If becoming a queen is her destiny, then she requires some character development. I enjoyed her and her vision of a better world for Reds, but couldn’t exactly connect with her. I’m more of a thinker, ponderer, while she’s definitely a combatant. We could make a great team, heh, the two of us!

You know what? There is a love triangle – almost… square? – but it wasn’t a bother. It made sense and, here and there, was actually strategic. Oh, manipulation corners every chapter. If you think that there will be no sacrifices/collateral damages to getting the freedom desired, well then you might be quite shocked! Not devious or as pitiless as the ones in the TV show Game of Thrones, but it wouldn’t please me to be in Mare’s place. I’ll just wait until the war is done to sneak into this world and conquer a prince’s love, *wink* *wink*.

Red Queen deserves everything it acquired thus far: thousands of five-star ratings and reviews from readers of all over the world, a discernable tremendous hype that got to me with much force and… its standing as #1 New York Times Bestseller!

17 thoughts on “Review: Red Queen (Red Queen #1) by Victoria Aveyard

  1. Seeing your positive review really has me wanting to get this book now!! I know people either loved it or they didn’t so I’m so so so curious to see where I’ll stand!!


  2. Yes! I freaking loved this book! You don’t even know how excited I am that you did too!!!
    I can’t wait for book two! I think I just saw on Amazon that there is going to be a novella out this summer too.


  3. Uh oh I kinda disliked this one with passion :/ I loved the concept & the male interests though especially Cal. It just annoyed me how this story sounds like a mixture of Selection and Red Rising plus there wasn’t much action.. I did love the ending so hopefully the book picks up later on! I’m glad one of us could love it though 🙂


  4. Omg these dystopia/high fantasy novels confuse the hell out of me because I can never properly visualize the world. The Queen of Tearling was like this.

    I enjoyed this one, albeit a little less than you, but I need to know what will happen!


  5. THIS is something I need to read NOW! I’ve been hearing so many FANTASTIC things about it and I’m glad you enjoyed it!!! Haha, sorry for all the caps and exclamation marks. Thanks for the review, Lola!


  6. If I am honest I am surprised you managed to enjoy this one so much. A lot of bloggers I know read this and decided they hated it because it was like a mix of other stories they already know. But I am glad to know you thought different!


  7. Sadly the love triangle or square thing turns me off but aside from that this book does sound awesome! It’s definitely a unique kind of high fantasy, I think it has a sort of throne of glass feel, and I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it ^-^ great review!


  8. There are so many mixed reviews on this book that my head will explode xD
    Okay, I will pick it up, I will. But I’ll do it as soon as all the hype calms down a bit, otherwise I wouldn’t be able to enjoy it and make my own mind about it! But I’m glad you liked it, great review!


  9. I bought this book a few weeks ago because I kept hearing how wonderful and exciting it was! A strategic love…square? I am even more intrigued. I’m quite surprised to hear about the setting though but it could be because I’ve only seen sort of medieval-eque fanmade graphics on tumblr so I had that ‘world’ stuck in my head. I enjoy the ‘going into enemy territory’ kinds of books, so I look forward to starting this one next month. Great review, Lola!


  10. Oh I am so excited that you enjoyed this one Lola^^ I had high hopes for it and reading your review here has gotten me even more excited 😀 The characters and especially the magical system sound right up my alley – I can’t wait to dive in! Lovely review!

    Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews


  11. YAY!! I’m so glad you loved this one too, Lola. Isn’t it just so darn epic?! Mare is definitely flawed, but I love how strong she is. I was so stuck between Maven and Cal. AND THE BETRAYAL. Holy crap that last quarter of the book was insane. I can’t wait for book #2! and the movie 😉


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