Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard – Book Review

Red Queen follows the story of Mare Barrow. Mare lives in a world where there are two types of people; Silvers and Reds. Silvers are people who have silver blood and they are born with different special abilities, some have super human strength, some can control water, or fire, or even your mind. Reds are the people who have red blood, they have no special abilities and are seen as commoners, they live below the Silvers. Mare is a Red, she lives in a small, poor village with her family, until one day something unexpected happens. Mare discovers she has a special ability of her own, this is completely unheard of because it is known that only Silvers have these abilities. The Kings finds out about her special abilities and madness ensues.

First of all the cover of this book is absolutely beautiful, the crown dripping with blood is so simple and eye catching on the plain white background (if I didn’t love the story so much I would say it was a cover buy). Not only is the outside of the book absolutely gorgeous so to is the writing inside, Aveyard knows how to write a good action scene! For me, I usually get as bit confused by what exactly is happening during fast paced action scenes but the author wrote it in a way that made me understand almost every part of what was happening. She also did an amazing job of making me feel empathy for he characters during certain scenes, I almost felt exactly what the actors were feeling and I was so emotional. Aveyard has done an amazing job of the plot and the writing, it has made this book so much more enjoyable for the reader.

As much as I loved this book there were some things that bugged me, first of all the beginning or “establishing” section of the book was extremely slow and tough to read, I found I had to take a break form it a few times just to get through it. However, once almost everything is established and the plot starts to progress I found that I breezed through it. Also the character of Mare who, don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed for the most part, however I did feel like she was quite naive at some points and always acted like the victim in situations instead of taking charge and fighting back and really irritated me. Finally the world to me was a bit underdeveloped, I was left confused as to why some things were happening and how everything came to be, but after some research I read that Victoria promised more world building in the next book, which is absolutely fine.

Other than those minor details I thoroughly enjoyed this book, Aveyard has written such a phenomenal debut novel and I’m so excited to read the read of the series. Bring of Glass Sword!

4/5 Stars


July 2015 tbr

  • Red Queen – Victoria Aveyard
  • The Secret River – Kate Grenville
  • Catching Fire – Suzan Collins
  • Clockwork Prince – Cassandra Claire
  • My Life Next Door – Huntley Fitzpatrick

June Wrap-Up

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I read a total of 4 books during the month of June which is quite a small amount, but in my defense I was doing my mid year exams and I was doing a heap of studying and stressing out, but I’m still happy with the books I read this month.

  • A Guide For Grown-Ups by Antoine de Saint-Exupèry

3.9/5 Stars

  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer

4.75/5 Stars

  • Paper Towns by John Green

4/5 Stars

  • A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

3,9/5 Stars

– Paige x

How To Be Happy – Blocking Out The Negativity

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It is a well known fact that negative judgment is everywhere in today’s society, with the help of the internet it has never been easier to receive pessimistic criticism from both people you know and complete strangers. Negativity from others can harm your self confidence and can greatly effect how you see yourself. Although negative vibes are practically unavoidable in today’s society there are ways of blocking out this negativity in order to maintain a positive outlook on both yourself and the world around you. However this can prove to be extremely difficult, especially for young people, there is so much pressure on teenagers to be this unrealistic idea of perfect and it causes them to have an extremely negative view of themselves. A couple of years ago I used to have a really negative view of myself and the people around me, I was never confident to talk to others in fear of what they might think of me, I thought that I was never good enough interact with the people in my school, I listened to all the negative comments around me and I let them effect me. However after I had grown and matured I taught myself to listen to the positive and block out the negative, when I received compliments I thanked the person instead of denying it, when I was faced with a negative comment I decided to pay no attention to it, I told myself that I was me and I was happy with who I was and no one could make me change who I was. By making this change I was able to be more confident in myself and who I was, I was able to talk to people I was too scared to talk to before because I was happy with who I was. By blocking out the negativity in my life I was so much more free to do what I wanted without fear of criticism or judgement.

I know this post is a little confusing but I’m having a bit of trouble writing coherent sentences tonight so in summery here are some things you can do that will assist you in blocking out the negativity and letting in the positivity:

  • Accept compliments and always reply with “thank you” when they are given to you
  • Realise no one is perfect and that there is no such thing a “perfect”
  • Say something positive to yourself at least once a day
  • Steer clear of gossip
  • Cut yourself off from anyone who may make you feel bad about yourself
  • Lessen your usage of social media
  • Surround yourself with people who will accept you for you

Some of these steps may take longer than others but you can take all the time you need. I know this was a really confusing post but I don’t know I’m struggling to write stuff today. Hopefully next week I will make more sense…

I hope you are all well and that you are have a good day/night.

Lots of love,

Paige x

Paper Towns by John Green – Book Review

That’s right friends, after an entire year of avoiding it I have finally finished Paper Towns by John Green. I actually started reading this book around 8-9 months ago and for some reason I put it down with 100 pages to go and didn’t pick it up again until a few days ago. I enjoyed this book for the most part, it was fast paced, fun and gave me a huge craving to go on a road trip, however, I wouldn’t say it’s one of my favourites. I’ve seen so much hype for this book what with the movie and everything but compared to John’s other books, it isn’t as great.  I found there were many parts throughout the book that were extremely slow and repetitive, especially when Q kept ditching his friends to go to the minimall alone, I felt like I was struggling to get through those parts. However there were of coarse many parts I enjoyed, I loved the characters and the dialogue, John Green has an amazing talent for creating relatable and interesting teenage characters, I found myself really wanting to be Margo Roth Spiegelman (she’s so cool). I guess it all comes down to personal preference, there are many people who see it as one of the greatest Young Adult Contemporaries they have ever read and there are others, like me, who think it is good, but not great. Either way I would never criticise anyone for their opinion. Over all Paper Towns by John Green was an easy, fun and adventurous read that I thoroughly enjoy, I’m really looking forward to watching the movie.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

– Paige