Book Review: Glass Sword

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

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One Word: Fierce

If you have read the first book in the series, Red Queen, or my review on it (Click her for Red Queen review)ย then I still have some of the same qualms I had in the first one in Glass Sword. But let me tell you what I loved first.ย Glass Sword was fierce. Certain scenes throughout the book left me stunned because of the danger and actions that occurred. The last quarter of the book was my favorite with so much happening in such little time and then was left hanging in the epilogue. Aveyard, why ???? ๐Ÿ˜ฃ๐Ÿ˜ฃ๐Ÿ˜ฃ.

Glass Sword picked up right where RQ left off at. The SG must fight for their life, Mare must try to to find the remaining Newbloods like herself and her brother before King Maven gets to them. Mare have not had time to heal from her betrayal from Maven and they both start a crazy, twisted and revengeful dance with each other. Who will come out victorious?

Many of the old characters where better developed in GS than in RQ, which is the point of a sequel. Mare Burrow was an enigma that I just couldn’t fully understand as many times through the book, she didnt understand herself either. Idk if I liked her character development better in GS or RQ… Still up for debate. But I do know that as much as she was cocky, arrogant and ruthless in certain parts, she was also sensitive, hurt and humble in others. Itย goes to show that as humans &(women) we are not only one character but have multiple layers. We evolve accordingly to our situations. It just happens that when Mare chooses to be a rude and merciless gal, it does more harm than good. She still has some growing up to do and hopefully it’s done in King’s Cage.

Cal is my favorite character because he was very relatable in the most common human ways. He was great to the kids, stood by Made through all her tantrums and still loved her no matter what. Trust me, there where times that Cal could have just walked away from her but he never did. I think Cal is one of the best parts of Mare and she needs him a lot. He had his flaws but they made him become a better person. Slade also stole my heart with his jovial but calm attitude. He was big brother personified.You’ll fall in love with him as well. Farley and Kirlorn also had more to say and contribute in GS and we found that there was way more about the Scarlet Guard than meet the eyes.ย I enjoyed the additional characters that helped the revolution as well. ย A revolution brewed in GS and I’m looking forward to Kings Cage for how it will all happens.

Aveyard, I liked all the details on the newbloods, the revolution and background story but it just felt too much at times. It left the story just dry in certain areas, especially in the middle and made me wonder if I’d finish the series at times. You have the beginning and ending down, making sure we’d want to know what happens next. Your writing is superb and I loved how you made sure the soldiers (Made, Cal, Farley, Slade etc ) not forget what they have done or went through. Mare has her nightmares, she constantly battles the coldness that surround and avoid becoming the monster she’s fighting. All these flaws makes them relatable to me and that’s why I’d continue on with King’s Cage.

Are you reading the series? What did you think? Will you be reading the next book?

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Review : Red Queen

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

An EpicReads book
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Honestly, I’ve completed this book for about 3 days before composing this review. I have mixed feelings about this book Aveyard and I’m hoping some of my issue could be taken very seriously in the next installments of this series.*crosses finger *

Red Queen is about a girl, Mare living in a dystopian world. The people are segragated by blood. There are the elite and powerful with Silver blood and there are the paupers and lowly with red blood in their veins.Silvers have abilities, like telekinesis, mind reading, nymphs and so fort while Reds do not. This enables the segregation to be effective in show of powers.

Mare is a red blood. She is bitter, (whiny) and disheartened. She hates the Silvers because they take everything away from the Reds and make them suffer. Due to an accident in the palace during a show (an auctioning of type), the Silvers found that she possed an ability that belongs only to the Silvers. Now they were forced to cover up the anomaly and Mare had to pretend to be like the Silvers.

With her position and power, Mare joins the rebel group, Scarlet Guard, who are seeking justice and equality for all people. Her fight for equality consumes Mare and those all around her in a way that makes you wonder who’s on who’s side?

I truly love this story concept and the twist and turns that Aveyard took us through. There was many times this could have been like any dystopian novel we’ve all read before but she kept us in suspence until the last page was turned.

The beginning of the novel was very slow paced and I found myself almost giving up! It wasn’t until later I totally couldn’t put the book down! I’d advice if you had this problem, go back and shoulder through it. Its totally worth… To a point (at least for me).

Mare made this book quite difficult for me to like. I’m usually a go for strong, opinionated characters but she was very bitter. It cloaked the whole book and made me very distrustful of her voice as the narrator. I think this book should have been in third person narrator. Honestly, she was strong yet weak, a great flaw yet important for a protagonist of a dystopian novel. But she was very uncaring for other peoples wellbeing, especially if they were not beneficial to her. I know her attitude was needed to show how much struggles the Silvers put the Reds through, but I couldn’t help but feel that she needed to tone it down a bit. She didn’t have any remorse for the others who suffered if they were not Reds and her action makes me wonder what will happen if she did have totall control over the Silvers.

There are many love stories in this book, it made an unsual love square. It was intriguing but a tad too much. One of the love stories was obvious to me as it wasn’t to Mare that she was way over her head but it added to the great work Red Queen came to be. Another love story should be shelved off and progress towards another girl in the book.

I’m rooting for Mare and Cal all the way. I think they balanced each other well and Mare just has some growing up to do.

I gave this book only 4 โค because of how I feel about Mare and her attitude in general. She should want a revolution in a better way but I’m almost too afraid to see her in complete power mode. She seemed like she would like ittoo much!

I’m looking forward to reading the sequel, Glass Sword !

**I tried really hard not to give away any spoilers, especially with the love square but I’m sure you could guess which was which once you’ve read the book!***

If you haven’t checked out Red Queen, please go and grab a copy immediately!

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