Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard Review: undefined
Currently Reading: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Author: M.J. Prince
I generously received an advanced copy from the author in exchange for an honest review, and I’m so glad! The more I think about this book, the more interesting it becomes. Secret Heir follows Jazmine as she is thrown into a world of elemental magic called Eden, where Seraphs reign. Seraphs are like Gods, controlling the oceans, the winds, the earth and most importantly – day and night. However, as magical as this book is, there is a essence of teenage colloquialism similar to YA contemporary novels and I LOVED it.
A lot of this story takes place in a magical high school and I don’t think I’ve ever read a high school story so classic and yet so unique. Of course, the students have elemental powers, but besides that the characters create quite a relatable setting. Another thing so rarely seen in fantasy is representation of mental illness. The inclusion of mental illness played a large part in the story-building, especially when it came to revealing the backstories, and I really appreciate that. In addition, the fact that the main character is just in complete denial of her magical heritage is so funny because of the fact that it’s so accurate compared to most reactions from characters in similar situations. She just refused the possibility for as long as she could and, to be honest, that would be a more human reaction. All of these points make for a much more relatable story than most fantasies, and makes for a much more interesting read.
Also, PLOT TWISTS. I didn’t see the final plot twist coming from a mile away! And I was so mad that the book ended and I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS.
However, I did have a couple of problems with this book, but all of them are more about the characters than anything else. I couldn’t stand the main love interest, he was over-possessive, stuck-up and infuriating (and not in a Jace Herondale way). This is completely a personal preference, but I feel like their relationship was quite unhealthy, or at least not what I would want in a relationship (again, this might just be me). As well as this, the narrator won’t stop telling us how attractive he is, and in the end I got a little fed up of her eyeing him so obsessively. However, I am excited to see where their relationship leads in the future.
Leading on from that, it is always said in this novel how beautiful and ethereal everyone is in Eden – and I understand that this is because they’re magical beings and all. But there was no diversity and I was a little put-out by how beautiful everyone was in the end! xD
Overall, I did really like this book. It was a very indulgent and luxurious – a fabulous read for after Christmas!
Currently Reading: Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by @juliecdao! I just finished The Glass Spare in the tub last night, and I started this book before going to bed. Honestly, I’m absolutely entranced. The prose is gorgeous, the premise is exciting, (I am such a die-hard for Evil Queen retellings!) plus blood, gore, dark magic, and mysterious prophecies! I am loving this and I’m so happy that I finally am able to get to it. Shout out to my local library for hooking me up! What are you guys currently reading this week?
Currently Reading: The Glass Spare by Lauren DeStefano! Sorry, I’ve been so inactive recently, my friends; I had a death in the family last month and with the holidays right after that, I’ve been insanely busy. But never fear, I’m back! I’m all caught up in my reviews and I’m really ready to get back into the swing of things. I’ve had this in my library stack for a while now, and my husband was looking for something to read, so he asked me to read this before him to make sure it was good. I’m a little more than a hundred pages away from finishing it, and I’m really enjoying it! First: the cover–so pretty! And second of all: runaway royals! Dark, forbidden magic! Mysterious curses! A prince in disguise with motives of his own! I’m really liking this book and I hope it ends well; the only issue is that the worldbuilding and science are kind of vague and need some work. What are you guys currently reading this week?