Review: Steel Scars (Red Queen #0.2) – Victoria Aveyard


Steel Scars (Red Queen #0.2) – Victoria Aveyard

Steel Scars (Red Queen, #0.2)

Title: Steel Scars (Red Queen #0.2)

Author: Victoria Aveyard

Release Date: January 5, 2016

Publisher: HarperTeen

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 77

Source: TBR Pile

Farley was raised to be strong, but being tasked with planting the seeds of rebellion in Norta is a tougher job than expected. As she travels the land recruiting black market traders, smugglers, and extremists for her first attempt at an attack on the capital, she stumbles upon a connection that may prove to be the key to the entire operation—Mare Barrow.

3 out of 5 stars


It’s been awhile since I have read anything from this series, so it took me a little while to remember some details about this world, but after I got into it I felt more comfortable with it. This follows Farley, which made me very sad after remembering Glass Sword…

Anyway. I read this quite quickly as it is a short novella. I’m not really sure if this added anything to the story arc, but I do really enjoy this world. I love the Scarlet Guard, and love that they’re so rebellious. I think Farley is a cool character, and I liked seeing her with Shade. Made my heart happy.

Even though this novella takes place before Red Queen, DEFINITELY read Red Queen before reading this because it would make absolutely no sense if you didn’t understand Farley just a little bit.

This is my third full book for Booktubeathon! It’s going really well, and I’m about to start another book :)

After reading this I’m very excited to see what happens in King’s Cage. I want to be back in this world, and I can’t wait to read about some super cool characters. I remember Glass Sword ended in an irritating cliff-hanger, but I don’t remember exactly what it was. I will have to revisit that ending before picking up King’s Cage, but I am super pumped to finish the series!!

Series:

Queen Song (Red Queen #0.1)

Red Queen (Red Queen #1)

Glass Sword (Red Queen #2)

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Review: Glass Sword (Red Queen #2) – Victoria Aveyard


Glass Sword (Red Queen #2) – Victoria Aveyard

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Title: Glass Sword (Red Queen #2)

Author: Victoria Aveyard

Release Date: February 9, 2016

Publisher: HarperTeen

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 444

Source: Book Club

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.


4 out of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book, but it was definitely a filler book for the rest of the series. This happens quite often with trilogies or quartets where the books in the middle are just there to be there. I felt that way with this one, honestly. Yes, things did happen, but not extremely large plot points throughout. My favorite part of this book was making the connections between the places in the book. Now, this isn’t a legit map, it’s just a fan made thing, but it makes SOOOO much sense.

It’s pretty cool, if you ask me.

I enjoyed the relationship between Cal and Mare through this one because there was some tension. It wasn’t just them pretending not to show feelings for each other; they had wayyyyy more important things to worry about and it was nice for the book to not be romance driven.

Mare was very reclusive and scared during this book, and that surprised me. She didn’t want anyone to die, but was putting everyone in danger. She had PTSD (I think) from being in the Hunger Games-like competition thing at the end of book one. I don’t know. Mare reminded me of Katniss a lot, and I get that THG is a very successful series, but please try and think of new characters.

Some of the powers that were introduced from the Newbloods were fricking cool. The gravity thing and the future telling powers were my favorite. They were really cool to read about, and I really liked the group that were the Newbloods.

I would most definitely choose to be Mare’s brother in this book because he had the ability to transport people. He would touch someone and think of a place and then they’d “jump” there. It was a really cool power to read about, and I can’t wait to see which powers show up in the next books.

The cliffhanger at the ending just pissed me off, honestly. I want to know what happens, but I also just want to not know because why would you end a book like that. Ugh. Whatever. It was a good ending for the book, but I just didn’t like it. It was logical.

Series:

Queen Song (Red Queen #0.1)

Steel Scars (Red Queen #0.2)

Red Queen (Red Queen #1)

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Review: Queen Song (Red Queen #0.1) – Victoria Aveyard


Queen Song (Red Queen #0.1) – Victoria Aveyard

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Title: Queen Song

Author: Victoria Aveyard

Release Date: September 1, 2015

Publisher: HarperTeen

Format: eBook

Page Number: 55

Source: Barnes and Noble

In this 55-page prequel novella set in the Red Queen world, Queen Coriane, first wife of King Tiberias, keeps a secret diary—how else can she ensure that no one at the palace will use her thoughts against her? Coriane recounts her heady courtship with the crown prince, the birth of a new prince, Cal, and the potentially deadly challenges that lay ahead for her in royal life.


5 out of 5 stars

I was just browsing through my Goodreads friend updates, and I saw this book! I had no idea that it existed. Um. How did I not know about this?! I loved Red Queen and read it back in April with my book club. I couldn’t wait to dive back into this series, so of course I purchased it on the Barnes and Noble website with some gift cards I got for Christmas. I immediately told my best friend, Brooklynn, about it because she also loved this book. (her review) She read this short novella on my Nook account, and then wrote her review and was telling me that I had to read it, so I started it last night and finished it this morning. I loved this novella. I have always been a huge fan of novellas; I love getting the extra little pieces to stories. I love the world Victoria Aveyard has created, and can’t wait for Glass Sword to come out. It is seriously going to be so great.

This book was basically about Queen Coriane and her relationship with King Tiberius. When you’re reading Red Queen you don’t see the vulnerability that Queen Coriane has; it’s really great to see that side of her. The way the relationship progressed was adorable, and it was completely different that what I thought it was. If I remember correctly, in Red Queen it isn’t said how Coriane and Tiberius met. I thought that she just won the Queenstrial thing that they do, but he actually picked her. I also liked how Coriane wrote in a diary every day, and towards the end it was more of a worry journal. She wrote everything she didn’t want other people to know in this journal. It was also quite adorable to read about Cal when he was just a little baby. He sounded like he was so cute. :) There were definitely some ‘aww’ moments in this novella.

I would choose to be Queen Coriane, because I saw her vulnerability throughout this. You wouldn’t think you could get that much information from a 55 page book, but you definitely can. She had a decent childhood, and ended up marrying for love, which doesn’t happen in this society. I really enjoyed reading from her perspective, and seeing her side of things. Victoria Aveyard has a gorgeous writing style that I can’t wait to continue reading about in the next novella, Steel Scars.

Series:

Steel Scars (Red Queen #0.2)

Red Queen (Red Queen #1)

Glass Sword (Red Queen #2)

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


Red Queen (Red Queen #1) – Victoria Aveyard

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Title: Red Queen (Red Queen #1)

Author: Victoria Aveyard Release Date: February 10, 2015

Publisher: Orion

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 320

Source: Book Store

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?

4 out of 5 stars

Plot:

There are Reds and there are Silvers. Both human, some non-distinctly human. Reds are commons folk with red blood, and Silvers have abilities along with silver blood. The Silvers and the Reds go to a war that’s been going on for one hundred years; Reds are forced to fight, Silvers have the choice. The main character, Mare, lives in a small, very poor, Red village with her family. Her three older brothers were sent to war; her sister is the only chance for Mare and her family because of her special embroidery skills. Mare is almost to the age where she’ll be sent to war, just like her brothers. Mare’s best friend, Kilorn, is safe from being sent away because of his apprenticeship. He’s completely safe until his master takes a fatal fall. Mare tries to find a way to save him, just like she always does, and actually does find a way. She needs to get enough money to send him away in secret with the black market workers. She steals directly from people’s pockets but she’s interrupted by a boy that tells her pick pocketing is rude. He throws a coin worth a fortune her way any way, though. Soon she finds herself as a server in the Silver palace. She goes through the motions she’s supposed to, but finds something out that freaks her out. Mare is different from most of the Reds. She has an ability just like one of the Silvers. Why is she so special? What makes her so different?

It is so refreshing to read a good book. This was so good, and I loved it. The cover is gorgeous and it really does represent the book quite well. The reason this didn’t get 5 stars was because it was very predictable. There were a lot of things very similar to The Hunger Games and Divergent. I understand that it is a dystopian world, so some things will be quite similar, but there was a lot that was the same. There were a lot of things that were completely different, though. I loved that the Silvers had powers and that the blood type differentiated the people. I loved (and hated) the characters; the world building was beautiful. Aveyard really is a fantastic writer. I don’t know if I can wait however long it is for the next book to come out!

Characters:

Mare was the main character, and I liked her. She was powerful and vulnerable, and very sassy. She couldn’t really hold her tongue a lot of the time, but I liked that about her. She was the perfect mixture of everything. I don’t know what I would have done with myself if I were just thrown into the mix with a bunch of Silvers. I would definitely freak out. A lot. She was calm a lot of the time and she rolled with the punches. I would have had a mental breakdown, more than likely. Maven and Cal. Oh man. They were perfect, well mostly perfect. *cough cough*

Who Would I Be?:

I would choose to be Mare because she was very strong when she probably could have been a baby. I would have freaked out and gotten very cold, but she still opened her heart up. I loved that she was different, not just characteristic-wise. Some of her choices were questionable, but she really knows how to pick the guy. *cough* Maven. I just. I really love(d) him. I highly suggest this book! You will get hooked.

Series:

Queen Song (Red Queen #0.1)

Steel Scars (Red Queen #0.2)

Glass Sword (Red Queen #2)

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