Book Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Title: Red Queen
Author: Victoria Aveyard 
Publication Date: February 10th, 2015
Published by: Harper Teen 
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Pages: 383
This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.
The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.
That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.
Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.
But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart …

This book has been on my tbr for a really long time, and I decided to pick it up because Sarah K @ TheYABookTraveler organized a buddy read as part of the RockMyTBR  2016 challenge.  Red Queen was preditable and not really unique book, but it was still entertaining and I really enjoyed reading it. 
The characters were alright, but I felt like they were characters that I had seen before in other books. The girl that’s special/ different and that should hate the guy but ends up falling for him, the guy who has a duty and can’t be with the girl but still wants to,  the evil queen who wants all the power, and the brother of the guy who falls for the girl too. Nonetheless, I felt like the two princes were really intriguing and they both had their flaws, which was interesting because a lot of times the love interests are this perfect honorable prince that does all the right things, and the two princes in this story were not like that. I disliked both at some point and that’s really interesting. 
On the other hand, I think the world building was really good and the magic system was very interesting. I really liked the different kind of habilities, the way different houses had diferrent habilities, and the way the intersity of the habilities varied from one person to the other. The one thing that I really wanted was a map, I think it was something that would have added to the story and to the comprehension of the world.  In terms of the writing, it wasn’t particuary beautiful or poetic, but it was fluid and it kept me entertained and I felt like it was the right writing for this book.
About the plot, I can say that this book captivated me from the beggining, even if it had similarities to other books, I found this book really entertaining. Also, this books picked up a lot at the end and it had a lot of twist and turns. A lot of the big twist were very predictable, I saw two very important twist coming, but this book also had some interesting twists that I didn’t see coming at all. 

At the end, I had some issues with this book, especially because the characters and some elements from the plot were not that creative, but I really enjoyed the writing, the world and magic system. 

Rating: 3,7 Stars

Have you read this book? Did you enjoy it? Let me know  in the comments! 

January 2016 Wrap Up


The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan (3,5 Star) 
I always have a hard time with books that have essays and short stories, because I like some of them, but I never like all of them. That was the case with this book, I only liked half of the essays and stories. Nonetheless, while I was reading this book and after I finished it, I felt this incredible desire and inspiration to write more, and I feel that just because of that, reading this book was a great experience. (Full Review)

Faith and Moonlight by Mark Gelineau and Joe King (4 Stars) 

I really enjoyed this novella, it had a really captivating world and magic system, the writing was really good, and the ending left me wanting to read the next novella really soon. (Full Review)

The Hero and the Crown  by Robin McKinley (3,7 Stars)

I read this as part of the Flights of Fantasy book club. I liked the main character and I really liked the fact that there were dragons in this story, I had never read a book with dragons. There were a few things in the second part of the book that I would change, plotwise, but overall it was a good book. 

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (3,7 Stars) 
I read this as part of a buddy read for the RockMyTBR. This book lacked originality both in characters and plot, but it was really  entertaining and the writing was really good. 

The Fever Series by Karen Marioe Moning 
I read the first 3 books of the series: Darkfever, Bloodfever, and Faefever. I’m really liking the series so far.  My favorite part was the slow-burn romance, the setting of the book: Irland, and all the mitology involved. (I talk more about the series here

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard (4,2 Stars)

I loved the characters, the writing, the world, the magic system, the action… basically everything. I wish there was a little more explanation about how the world and magic system worked, at the beggining of the book. But everything else was amazing! 

Beyond the Stars by Stacy Wise (3,5 Stars) 

I though this books was cute and entertaining. The main characters was well developed and the writing went well with the book. I liked the relationship between the main characters, even if the transition into a romances could have been done better. (Full Review)

The three reviews that are missing will be posted soon! 

RockMyTBR: The Opposite of Loneliness and Red Queen. (2/ 12)
Flights of Fantasy: Faith and Moonlight, the Hero and the Crown, Red Queen, Darkfever, Bloodfever, Faefever, and Truthwitch. ( 7/ 30 )
Backlist Books Darkfever, Bloodfever, Faefever, and the Hero and the Crown. (4/ 20)
Finishing the Series I haven’t read anything for this challenge 😦 

Commenting 365 Challenge I’m doing awful with this challenge, I have only commented  on 12 or 15 blogs. Something like that… Opps!

Here are all the posts that weren’t reviews. 

2016 Reading Challenges I talk about the challenges I’m participating in, and what my goals are for each of them.  

December 2015 Wrap Up I read a total of 8 books in december, if you want to know which books and what I thought about them, check the post! 
3 Books I Couldn’t Finish I talk about the 3 books I couldn’t finish  that I remember the most: the third book in a popular series (a lot of people agree with me on this one), a book by an author everyone loves (including me!), and a 2015 release (that most people loved)  
Good Books / Bad Covers #1 it’s a new feature/weekly meme here at Bookish Wanderess. The idea behind it is to say “Hey, I know this book has a really bad cover, but the book itself is really good. You should read it!”  In the first post, I talk about Richelle mead’s books. 

Disappointing Books I talk about books that, at one point in my life, I had huge expectations for and that I ended up not enjoying as much as I thought I would. 

Good Books/ Bad Covers #2  I talk about the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning. 
That’s it for january! Let me the links to your wrap ups, I would love to check them out! 

Good Books/ Bad Covers # 3

Good Books / Bad Covers is a new feature/weekly meme here at Bookish Wanderess. The idea behind it is to say “Hey, I know this book has a really bad cover, but the book itself is really good. You should read it!” So every monday I will be choosing one book or book series that I read and really liked, but it has a really bad cover, and I will talk about why that book deserves a chance even if the cover is so bad that I wouldn’t pick the book up in a bookstore even if it was free. Everyone is welcome to join this meme, I just ask that you link back to me in your post.

Hey guys! I’m back with a new Good Books/ Bad Covers post. This week I want to talk about a book series that I love by an author that I adore, and it is The Darkest Minds series by Alexandra Bracken. I choose this series for 3 reasons: 1) The cover of the first book was alright, but it went down hill from there. The cover of the second book was not ugly, but not pretty either, and the cover of the third book, at least for me, was really bad. 2) I think this series deserves better covers, I just don’t think they do justice for the story. 3) If I were in a bookstore, I wouldn’t pick them up. 
Here are the covers: they aren’t terrible, but they could be so much better!

I know a lot of people read this when it came up, because it was really hyped. But, I can understand why someone that has not read them, may not pick these books up in a bookstore. H
ere are some reason to ignore the covers and read the books:

– The writing is amazing! Alexandra Bracken is really talented. 

– The concept and plot are really original, interesting and captivating. You will want to know more about whats happening in this world, and about all the the different powers. 

-The characters are incredible. You will get really attached to them  and you are gonna suffer because of it. Even the characters that you are supposted to hate , were so well written that you will love to hate them. 

– There’s a road trip in the first book! I don’t know about you, but I love books with road trips in them. I think you get to know a lot about  the characters by the way they act in a road trip. 

-These books are thought provocking. A lot of sad and complex things happen. 

And that’s it! If you haven’t read these books because of their covers, please do it!
I hope you enjoyed this post! If you make a Good Books/ Bad Covers post, please let me know in the comments, I would love to check it out!