Thursday, March 24, 2016

From the shelf: Glass Sword (Red Queen #2)

Title: Red Queen (Red Queen #1)
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Date read: March 22-24, 2016
Dawn Rates:  (5/5)

Summary (cr: goodreads)

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.

My Review: (also in goodreads)

Anyone can betray anyone.

I  read this for 3 days (whyyy) in between things in life. Oh well.

Mare keeps this in mind and it makes her distrustful of anyone especially her brother and even her closest friend. Julian really seared this statement into her memory and she came to believe it when this has been done to her so many times. I know for a fact that she is obviously in love with Cal but distances herself because she needs to focus on the mission in surviving and tracking down people like her who is red blood but with silver abilities. I have a hunch though: is this because somewhere in history a red-blood mated with silver-born? LOL! But that's just me. Kilorn finally tells Mare how he feels (which was too obvious and too cliche: a childhood friend in love with the female protagonist) but Mare obviously turned him down. Yep, she is still pinning over Cal even though her mind tells her not to. Farley and Shade get together (I am a fan) but something terrible happens and that made me too sad. I wanted to ask Victoria, whyyyyy Victoria Aveyard? WHYYYY!!!!!

Everyone, even at the book signing, was in Team Maven but obviously I want Cal for Mare. I think they have this dream of having Mare let Maven realize the error of his ways and that she could turn him back into the Maven he used to. But for me that's not the case. Queen Elara might have pushed thoughts in his head but I think he already was like that. He was always in his brother's  shadow. Someone who won't get the crown, someone who their father won't favor openly. I think he is that jealous. And that is why he is obsessed with Mare. What he feels for Mare might have been love at first but what I can see is he thinks of her as a prize. Someone that could break Cal and someone he could call his. What he's doing is out of pure obsession. He is a serious stalker dude. Part of me wanted to strangle him and curse him out into oblivion. His malicious intent reminds me of Joffrey of 'Game of Thrones'. This boy has serious issues in life. Oh, and an important death happened. That definitely startled me. I wasn't expecting that character would be gone too soon but I guess it had to happen so that we could see the consequence and Maven's take on it.

Another character that made me curious is Jon. I think he will be one of the key players in the third book. Speaking of the third book, UGH! That last scene was one of the greatest cliffhangers ever. This is why I have a love-hate relationship when reading any series, the waiting game. The 3rd book will come out in 2017 and here I am waiting.

Till the next read...

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