Sunday, February 28, 2016

Review: Glass Sword

Book: Glass Sword

Series: Red Queen

Author: Victoria Aveyard

Release Date: February 9th 2016

Synopsis (from Goodreads): Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control. 

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors. 

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat. 

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

Rating: 5/5 stars

Review: Yep. This is one of those books... the books that leave you sobbing at 3 am after you decide "just one more page..." I had almost forgotten most of the first book, and I was going to reread it before when I got lazy (this seems to happen a lot) and decided to just read this one. Thankfully, Victoria Aveyard did a really good job of reminding the reader what happened in the last book without being too redundant, and I had no problems trying to remember anything.

One of my favorite parts of Glass Sword was the way that, although it seems like it's set in a different world, when one looks closer it turns out that it's a future version of the US and that all of the cities are real places, albeit with slightly different names. I had a lot of fun trying to guess which settings were which in real life (21st century), and here's the list I came up with:

Delphie: Philadelphia
Naercy: New York City
Harbor Bay: Boston
Tuck: Nantucket (?)

And of course, I might be wrong about some of the places, but those are the ones that seem logical to me.

Another aspect of the story that I really liked was the new characters. Often, a problem I have with sequels where there aren't many new characters, and because of this I'll start to get bored with the preexisting ones. However, this book had so many new (and awesome!) characters, it was almost hard to keep track of them all. While some people may not like the confusion this caused, I really enjoyed it and found it added a lot to the story.

Overall, I don't really have any complaints about this book, and it definitely deserves a 5 star rating!!!

Would I recommend it?:  If you haven't already, I would definitely recommend reading this series, especially if you like fantasy books.

-Serena :)

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