Review: Red Queen-Victoria Aveyard


cooltext1889161239 copyThe poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.

To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.

Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of
those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.

But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?

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Red Queen is Red Rising meets The Young Elites. Equal parts dystopian and science fiction, Red Queen is a compelling journey into the lies, betrayals, and brutality of the Silvers and the desperate hope of those that serve them-the Reds.


  • The Silver world is X-men in the Victorian age. The Silvers battle like gladiators with wicked powers that both shock and destroy. They’re merciless, violent, and their lack of humanity is appalling. Each section of society is rooted in unrest and social hierarchy. Each person has a role to be played and those that step out of line are brought to their knees by the awe-inspiring might of the Silvers and their armies.
  • Mare is feisty, quick-witted, and one crazy klepto. She thirsts for freedom and her heart bleeds for her brother and sister Reds. Mare is after justice and fairness. She’ll risk anything to save those she loves and to protect her family. Mare is sarcastic, aggressive, and has bursts of heart that leave you totally wrapped up in her character. Mare is imperfect and it is her imperfections-her humanity that draws you in and makes her easy to root for.
  • The twist was the equivalent of a karate chop to the face. Ouch. It was unexpected, vicious, and completely evil. Brace yourself for the rage, this reveal is a beast that takes prisoners and gleefully laughs at torture.
  • Violence is graphic and full of adrenaline –spiking horror. The speed, surprises, and elemental powers are astonishing and enthralling. Each training match and arena battle will leave you thirsting for more just to see their abilities.
  • The villains are devious, cruel, and truly terrifying. Just when you think they can sink no lower and can’t wreck any more havoc, they’re there more bloodthirsty and vile than before. No one can be trusted and the truth is a bitter pill to swallow.
  • Maven and Cal are two warring currents. Both talented and persuasive. They reel Mare in and open her heart up. Maven is sweet, emotional, and appeals to Mare’s softer side. Cal is determined, a warrior and oh so sexy.


  • The first few chapters drag. It’s hard to get into the world initially because the pacing is so slow.
  • Romantic interactions lacked chemistry…at least, lingering chemistry. They were cut off and abrupt, they had no mulling over or analysis afterward, it was like kiss and then nothing. Mare’s emotions were a black hole; a sneaky little void and I needed to know what was going on in her head but mostly, her heart. Plus, they were so short. Usually there’s a lofty bit of description that talks about sparks or lack there of and zilch!
  • Some plot points were predictable. I made speculations at 15% that held true throughout the story.

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Cover Reveal: Quarter Mile Hearts-Jenny Siegel


Title: Quarter Mile Hearts: An American Muscle Novel
Author: Jenny Siegel
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 7, 2015
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Following an accident injuring her dad, twenty-four year old Leigh Storm returns home to the town she was once so desperate to escape.

It is only a matter of hours before she runs into Max ‘Manwhore’ Morgan. Dark eyed and dangerous to her heart, he is the very last person she wants to see. It might have been four years since she saw him last, but there’s no denying the chemistry between them is as potent as ever. Max makes it clear he isn’t about to let her run again, even if he is the one thing Leigh vowed to herself she would never date: a street racer.

After racing tore apart her own family and left a path of destruction in its wake, Leigh decided long ago that it is not the life she wants for herself. But when a wager gone wrong threatens her dad’s livelihood, Leigh must go against everything she believes in.

This time there’s more at stake on the quarter mile than just the family business—she’s risking her heart as well. 

Pleasant reading,
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