All Things Books!
All Things Books!
Kneel or Bleed!
What a book! The Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard is the second book in the Red Queen Quartet. The first half of the book was a bit slow for my taste, but I loved the last half of the book.
I was definitely not expecting the Scarlet Guard to have allies from different countries. I was also surprised that the new colonel was Farley’s father. I was happy the Mare got to be back with her family again and that they were all alive! Mare or I do not like this new command and I’m glad that she is trying to do right by Cal by trying to help him and give him information. I was so ready to hate Kilorn for betraying mare and getting her put in the cage, but the Scarlet Guard always has a plan! And then they escape on a plane and are on the look for newbloods!
The slow part of the book was before and when they look for the newbloods for me. I was not really in the mood to see them try to convince every single person to join their cause. So, I’m glad they only showed a few key ones. The dead baby scene literally broke my heart and made me hate Maven even more.
I am glad that Mare and Cal had each other to lean on but they still are keeping things from each other (like Maven’s creepy notes and whatever Call is hiding). I also have a sinking suspicion that Mare is going to end up alone, but I do not want that!! It is so cute that Shade and Farley were together, and she is definitely pregnant (she most certainly had morning sickness on the numerous plane trips.)
All of the newbloods had such cool powers and they were truly unique. It does kind of suck that that all of the newbloods are young and Mare is stuck in a lose lose situation by sending kids to war if she doesn’t submit to maven or if she goes against Maven with the newbloods.
The prison break chapters can only be descried as chaos. Everything happened so quickly. I am wondering what the Queen was doing in the basement though since it has yet to be said (it was probably something bad TBH). I do kind of feel like she died to easily like I know Mae is powerful, but she did not put up that much of a fight. Also, Cal and Farley were so harsh on Mare after the battle. I know that Farley lost a boyfriend, so she can feel just as much as Mare, but they did not have to fight plus Farley is one of the ones who put Mare down this path. (Though that future seeing guy Jon can go to the grave for all I care for not telling Mare.) but Cal needs to grow up, he needs to realize that they are at war whether he is going to choose a side or not and if people pose a danger to the mission they are going to have to go. He should know this more that anyone because he is trained in the art of war and he knows the cost of every battle. Cal and Mare need to make up, but we do not get to see if this do in this book.
They killed Shade!! When his funeral happened, it was heartbreaking, and the book could have ended right there because it was so sorrowful. And of course, at the funeral Mare is alone again, I know she shuts herself off from everybody, but she just lost her brother, and no one is really comforting her; Cal is mad at her, Kilorn thinks she wants to be alone, and her family are comforting each other.
Though the book did not end here, and Mare is going back into battle to finally save the Little Legion and do something actually good. I am glad that Mare is finally seeing people’s true motives and does not let these newcomers use her as a puppet in exchange for safe living for everyone else. Mare is off, and everyone is ready, they have a good, solid plan, so of course Maven has to ruin it. And back to the castle Mare goes. It was very cruel and heartbreaking to have mare be paraded by all the silvers, especially the ones who had family members who she had a hand in their death. The ending of this book was so bad in a good way. I sort of figured that she would end up back in Maven’s clutches because of those notes but that she had to face everything she had done, and everyone had to watch her break, it was just so sad!
I loved this book once all the action got rolling so if you get stuck in the middle of reading this book just hang in there because it gets better and you will not regret it.
I am in love with the Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. The story is beautifully crafted. It flows well, and the action and storytelling happen at just the right pace. The characters have a way of being loveable and also being not wanted. I basically finished this book in one sitting and I have no regrets. The story was so compelling, and I could not put it down!
Mare Barrow… what can I say about her. I think that she is a jack of all trades and not your average YA heroine. Her “occupation” is a thief and she is focused on her future on the war front because she has no real job. She ends up ruining her sisters chance at a lifelong career and support for her family. She takes being the black sheep of the family to a whole new level. And while you want to feel sorry for you she doesn’t not want anyone’s pity. Mare is also a kick butt, hard core character. She was ready to join a rebellion to save her best friend when he was going to end up in the war. I think that this is true courage to save someone and put someone else before yourself. She is a true example of character evolution. Though she might be too trusting.
I was literally blown away from the world building in this story. The amount of characters and colors and houses and powers. It got confusing for me at times and I cannot imagine trying to write about all of them. Victoria’s writing is just overall acceptable.
I was totally mind blow by the plot twist at the end. First, I for real thought that Cal would pick Mare and I was sad that my potential OTP was going up in flames and then my heart literally shattered when Mare was betrayed by Maven. I had to put the book down and take a few deep breaths. The queens and Mavens plan was so well thought out and planned though and by that I was impressed how if you go back you could see where the plan was being laid by the two. But it also made me think that maven could also be a victim because his mother is evil and could have manipulated him form a young age to be this way.
I was happy that Cal and Mare fought so well in the Bowl of Bones and then had help to escape from the Scarlet Guard. I was so glad that Mare got her favorite brother back and that they had they special powers to bond over.
The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyardis a great book. It is full of action, betrayals, romance, secret rendezvous, secrets, and powers. I totally recommend this book! It is a mix of the Hunger Games, The selection, and Divergent!