Hello my fellow bookworms!
I have been going through all the books that I have read and trying to get these book reviews out there! I want to share all the good (and the bad) with everyone to encourage more to pick up a book and get lost in it. Books to me are my happy place. It is was soothes my soul and helps relieve stress. I feel 100 times better after getting lost in a story no matter the content.
This series here was W O N D E R F U L as it did not have the perfect “everyone lives happily ever after ” ending. This series contains 4 books and two novellas. The main 4 books are Red Queen, Glass Sword, King’s Cage, and War Storm. Before I get into my thought on the series keep in mind that there may be *SPOILERS*. So if you have not read the series and don’t want to know to much about what happens you may want to skip over my review. You can read the summaries from Goodreads below if you like.
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.
If there’s one thing Mare Barrow knows, it’s that she’s different.
Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control. The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind. Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors. But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat. Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever? The electrifying next installment in the Red Queen series escalates the struggle between the growing rebel army and the blood-segregated world they’ve always known—and pits Mare against the darkness that has grown in her soul.
Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her lethal mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Now a king, Maven Calore continues weaving his dead mother’s web in an attempt to maintain control over his country—and his prisoner .As Mare bears the weight of Silent Stone in the palace, her once-ragtag band of newbloods and Reds continue organizing, training, and expanding. They prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows. And Cal, the exiled prince with his own claim on Mare’s heart, will stop at nothing to bring her back. When blood turns on blood, and ability on ability, there may be no one left to put out the fire—leaving Norta as Mare knows it to burn all the way down.
Mare Barrow learned this all too well when Cal’s betrayal nearly destroyed her. Now determined to protect her heart—and secure freedom for Reds and newbloods like her—Mare resolves to overthrow the kingdom of Norta once and for all… starting with the crown on Maven’s head. But no battle is won alone, and before the Reds may rise as one, Mare must side with the boy who broke her heart in order to defeat the boy who almost broke her. Cal’s powerful Silver allies, alongside Mare and the Scarlet Guard, prove a formidable force. But Maven is driven by an obsession so deep, he will stop at nothing to have Mare as his own again, even if it means demolishing everything—and everyone—in his path. War is coming, and all Mare has fought for hangs in the balance. Will victory be enough to topple the Silver kingdoms? Or will the little lightning girl be forever silenced? In the epic conclusion to Victoria Aveyard’s stunning series, Mare must embrace her fate and summon all her power… for all will be tested, but not all will survive.
I will say that I loved this entire series. I will say that my favorite character throughout the series is Farley. She always stayed true to herself and her cause. She was tough as nails but you knew that her heart was enormous. She never wavered. When she lost Shade and then we find out she is pregnant I cried for her. I wish that we could have a prequel series about her and how the scarlet guard came to be.
I love stories where the heroes are as flawed as anyone else. I love to see struggle and everything not be perfect or smooth. It is more realistic to me and I am able to connect more with the story that way. The author truly delivered that for me. Mare Barrow goes through so many obstacles starting with trying to help her best friend Kilorn from being conscripted, to trying to earn money for her family by working in the castle, then finding her abilities and posing as a Silver to protect her own family and keep herself alive. I was hooked from the very beginning. Seeing Mare overcome all her struggles. I love that the ending to the fourth book was not perfect. Seeing that Mare and Cal are still trying to figure out who they are in this world. There was still that sense of hope that they may one day find each other again.
What really surprised me was Evangelina. Her growth throughout the series was riveting. I was happy to see her stand up for herself and what she wanted. For so long she was to do as she was told for the good of her family, until she finally realized that it was not what she wanted or what would make her happy.
I was very skeptical at first of the Montfort allies. I thought to myself that this was too good to be true. No way is there a kingdom where Silver and Reds live in peaceful harmony, there has to be an ulterior motive. After seeing Davidson and his husband, plus the fight that Montfort is still dealing with, turned me into a believer. It’s not perfect but it gives hope that one day Norta can become just as them, where Reds with abilities will not be hunted and slaughter, where they can have the same things that Silvers can.
Although this is a fantasy series it is very relate-able. My only request is that the author please branch off and do a few spin off/prequels to this series. I would love to see how Montfort came to be, Farley and Davidson’s story, even see what happens of Evangeline. I would rate this series 4.5 out of five stars and definitely recommend it to YA readers.
Until next time…
Peace, Love, and Read On! ❤