Review: Red Queen

Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I maintain my rating of 3/5 stars, which I had previously rated it (the first time I read it; this was my second time reading it).

I reread Red Queen, because I decided I wanted to read some popular fantasy novels and I couldn’t remember the plot to this book anymore. This book is way too long. And it TELLS, not SHOWS.
But it makes sense; Aveyard is a screenwriter. Of course she’s more of a teller (not shower).


I stand by my belief that the “plot twist” near the end is cliche. I enjoyed it a lot more than the first time I read it, but it was still so obvious and predictable, it almost gives me a headache. Also: so much backstory with her family MAY be important, a lot of it is awkwardly written. I did not care for her hardships half the time. Something’s going down with Shade? What a shame he wasn’t MAIN CHARACTER BC BOY DOES HE SOUND MORE INTERESTING THAN THE ACTUAL PROTAGS.


Wonderfully mediocre. But y’know– that’s not bad. I just know that this plot is forgettable.

As I mentioned earlier; this book is too long and drawn out. I love all the action at the end, middle of the book had too many vague “mysterious” political clues that distracted the main plot.

– don’t trust boys
– all stepmums are evil
– young girls make bad decisions

Great underlying notions for the YA audience! Hooray!



The best part of this book is the epic ending. It’s quite the show down. If you’re thinking of DNFing this book– just skip to pg 322 and read the ending.

I guess I’ll read the next book, but I don’t really give a damn about Mare.