A Review of Red Queen, Where I’ve Been, and What I’m Doing

Wow I’ve been gone for a long time. I won’t go into a long, boring explanation of why I haven’t posted in a few months, but it involves a lot of sickness, the ER, and school finals. But I just finished my finals today, so I should have much more time to post. I’m super excited to get back into blogging, because I missed it a lot! I missed you guys a lot!
So I thought I’d give you all an update on how my writing’s going. I just started outlining my new steampunk YA novel, and so far it’s been amazing! I’m using the technique taught in K.M. Weiland’s Outlining Your Novel book and workbook, and in her Structuring Your Novel book and workbook. I am stunned, shocked even, by how much her advice has helped my outlining process. So if you all are outliners, or even pantsers, I defiantly recommend you check this out. It is a game changer!
I’m not gonna tell you guys much about what my new novel is about, just that it involves dead sisters, strong best friendships, working against slavery, and inventing robots.
And here is my (kind of depressing) review of Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard.
I was super excited when Red Queen arrived in the mail. I may have been so excited I might have, ahem, hugged the book and squealed very loudly upon its arrival.

Just possibly. Sadly I was very, very disappointed.
But first, COVER LOVE! The simplicity, the elegance, and the sort of tragic vibe coming from the blood dripping off a crown. That’s like my dream cover right there.
It’s a very good-sized book, like 388 large pages. The hype for this book and the cover were my two main reasons for picking this book up. A lot of reviewers that I normally agree with raved about it, and I loved the cover so I ordered it. The premise? Meh. The only thing that interested me was why she had powers that she wasn’t supposed to have.
The plot was slow going at first, with Mare and her family struggling to survive. Things pick up when Mare is actually taken to the palace and her powers are revealed but that’s around fifty pages in. I was interested after that point, but I wasn’t really invested. I didn’t really care what would happen to Mare because I didn’t care about her as a character. I didn’t really care about anyone else in the book either.
I guess there was a sort of love square, but I didn’t like any of the three guys Mare was attracted to. They all annoyed me actually, and Mare annoyed me too. Cal was kind of blah, Maven was pretty creepy, and Kilorn was just there. I didn’t really feel like I knew anything about the characters. And I didn’t really get the romance either.

Was it a kissing book, or wasn’t it?
I almost DNFed several times throughout the book but kept on going to get to the plot twist. And I was so disappointed because I had seen that coming for at least fifty pages. I didn’t even like the plot twist very much. But hey, at least it added some action.
So yeah, overall I didn’t really enjoy Red Queen. But, I may read the sequel when it comes out.
I rate Red Queen two out of five stars.


4 thoughts on “A Review of Red Queen, Where I’ve Been, and What I’m Doing

  1. Hello! Glad you’re back, and that your finals are over (ours don’t even start for a few weeks). Also I kind of really love the Princess Bride haha A+ on the gifs 🙂

  2. Ooh, I TOTALLY agree with you about Red Queen. My thoughts exactly. **sigh** I expected so so much because everyone was raving about it, but the character development?! WHERE WAS IT. And also it reminded me a lot of a billion other books, like Red Rising, The Selection, XMen, even bits of Divergent. Sooo yes. Not my favourite at all. 😦
    Thanks for stopping by @ Paper Fury!

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