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


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

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Claire Review


I know it’s almost sin to read the TMI and TID books out of order but to be honest I only found out there was an order 2 months after reading City of Heavenly Fire. Furthermore, I was rather reluctant to read this series (and for a while I told myself I would never read it) because I was so attached to the characters and the world of The Mortal Instruments series that I thought that I would find it strange to start all over again with completely new and unknown characters. However, one day when I was in a book store and I spotted Clockwork Angel and impulsively decided to buy it, even though I had no enthusiasm for the characters or the plot, but oh my, I had no idea what a thrilling story that lie between those pages. I was drawn in within the first few pages and even though I though it would be strange to read a Shadowhunter novel that didn’t include Clary, Jace or the rest of the crew I found that I grew to love the characters in TID almost immediately. And to be honest I liked Tessa as a protagonist much more than I did Clary, Tessa is so smart and brave and mature, I enjoyed seeing the story from her eyes. The book was such a mystery and I had so much fun figuring all the twists and turns out, Cassie never fails to fascinate me. And although I have basically completely spoiled it for myself by reading CoHF I still can’t wait to pick up the next one! I give it 4.75/5 stars.

– Paige