Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy/Not Sure Exactly
Source: I got a free copy from ALA Midwinter! Thanks Harper! This didn't affect my honest review.
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Goodreads Summary: Graceling meets The Selection in debut novelist Victoria Aveyard's sweeping tale of seventeen-year-old Mare, a common girl whose once-latent magical power draws her into the dangerous intrigue of the king's palace. Will her power save her or condemn her?
Mare Barrow's world is divided by blood--those with common, Red blood serve the Silver- blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. Before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own.
To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard--a growing Red rebellion--even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays, the only certainty is betrayal.
I should start this review off by saying that Red Queen lived up to its hype, at least to me. After the first page I asked myself (or more accurately I was talking to the book in question) Will you be epic? I can say that yes, for me, Red Queen was epic. I devoured it. I loved it. I would read it all over again in a heartbeat if I had more time to do so. I enjoyed the writing. It was exciting and thrilling. It was what I hoped it would be. So what is the best way for me to share my love for this power filled X-Menesque book? Share with you my goodreads updates while reading of course.
The Bottom Line: Even when the main character Mare drove me a little crazy (to an extent I understand why she is so judgmental but I also think sometimes she was a little over the top about it), I still loved this book. Red Queen is for readers who love powers, action, never being bored, and not knowing who is a friend and who is foe. It is pretty much a book for anyone and everyone. You should read it if you have yet to do so. Just my opinion. Just look at that cover.