Glass Sword (Red Queen #2) – Book Review


Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

Series: Red Queen

Genre: YA, Dystopia

Publisher: Harper Collins

Pages: 440

Goodreads Summary

If there’s one thing Mare Barrow knows, it’s that she’s different.

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?

The electrifying next installment in the Red Queen series escalates the struggle between the growing rebel army and the blood-segregated world they’ve always known—and pits Mare against the darkness that has grown in her soul.

Oh my gosh, I LOVED this book. Amazing, it was so much better than Red Queen. Gahh, it was perfection. Well, not quite perfection, but wow. I was hooked right from the beginning, I just wanted to find out what would happen to Mare and Cal! Oh, and warning – this review will probably contain spoilers for Red Queen, so if you haven’t read Red Queen then you should probably not continue (you can read our review for Red Queen here).

As I was saying, the beginning was so gripping. Some sequels often start off at a different time to when the previous book ended. It may be a couple of days or so. What I liked about Glass Sword was that it started pretty much where it left off, so you weren’t confused or anything, all your questions were immediately being answered.

So I finished Red Queen only a couple of days before starting Glass Sword, and even those few days were so painful – I just wanted to find out what happened to everybody after that stupid plot twist! Therefore I can’t imagine how it must have felt for the people who had to wait a whole year to read Glass Sword. But, never fear, your questions about Maven will be tended to.

I’d like to talk about the love triangle…or rather love square. In Red Queen, Maven and Cal loved Mare, and Kilorn showed hints of admiration but it wasn’t canon yet. Well, in Glass Sword our love triangle has morphed into a love square – yes, Maven still loves Mare after what he did. Ok, normally I hate love triangles, so a love square would probably be a bit too much for me…but you know what, I think it works! I feel like Mare is destined to be with Cal, but then again, I felt like Mare was destined to be with Maven in Red Queen and we all know how that turned out.

You’re also probably wondering who I ship Mare with the most. Well if you read my review for Red Queen, you’d know that I was Team Maven – and believe me, I still am. I think that Mare can get around Maven, talk some sense into him, get the boy who Mare thought he was back. However, I’ll also have to admit, I think I’m also Team Cal now. If Maven is now a lost hope, I honestly wouldn’t mind if Mare ends up with Cal! Although I would mind if she ends up with Kilorn – that’s just not right, like why! Who would ship Mare Barrow with Kilorn!

The romance in Glass Sword is so cute! Of course, there’s Mare, Cal, Kilorn and Maven, but some more love is sparking, and it was just adorable!

The humour is also great, Mare is just as sassy as ever. However, I did find Mare’s character more infuriating and annoying, and I really dislike her. She just comes across as so self-centred and narcissistic, even though I KNOW she’s anything but. It’s just frustrated me so much how although she does think about others…she doesn’t..if that makes any sense? Her character is so whiny! I’m not sure if it was intentional or not for Victoria Aveyard to make her protagonist like this, it may just be something to portray how much stress Mare is going through.

The general plot of this book is also pretty awesome. Different from Red Queen, and different from the next book as well I’m guessing, the plot of Glass Sword was to basically gather all the ‘newbloods’ as they are called (using Julian Jacos’ list) and raise an army of those with Red blood and Silver abilities, to defeat Maven and his people. It was really entertaining, although I felt some bits were a little slow and unnecessary. All the same, I enjoyed it, in general.

Like Red Queen, the ending of Glass Sword does not fail to impress. It’s shocking and unexpected, and I’d suggest keeping a box of tissues by you when you’re around half way through. It seems as though Victoria Aveyard is the queen of plot twists, as her endings are just so surprising!

Okay I had bits of criticism dotted around throughout the post – but here’s my main complaint. Will I remember this book? Will I remember the plot and its characters? The third book in the series will come out next year, the fourth the year after that. Right now, at this moment in time, I want to read those books. I want to finish of the series, now, quick. But in all honesty, I doubt I’ll remember any of what happened this time next year. Mare would have probably been erased from my mind, I’d probably only remember traces of the plot. I just don’t think the writing is very memorable at all. Sure, you’ll remember it a couple of weeks after reading it, but otherwise it isn’t really that special, a book that stands out from the crowd and sticks to your mind for years to come. As great as it was, it wasn’t THAT great.

My overall opinions on this book was – well, good! I liked it, I enjoyed reading it and I definitely want to read on. Whether I’ll be able to or not, we’ll see next year, but I do want to finish the series. It had its flaws like all books, but it was good! I’d recommend this book to any YA fantasy dystopia readers, especially fans of The Lunar Chronicles and The Hunger Games.

All in all, I’d give this book a 4 star rating…or maybe 3.5. I’m torn between the two, so let’s just say it 3.75 stars! (I can’t do 3/4 stars, but you know.)





Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergent is a book based in a city where the society is divided into 5 factions. Abnegation, for the selfless. Dauntless, for the brave. Erudite, for the clever. Candor, for the honest. Amity, for the kind. 

Tris Prior has been in Abnegation since she was born, as that is the faction her parents are in. But now, she’s the age of someone who can choose which faction they go to, and Tris is faced with a hard decision. Should she stay in her faction to accompany her parents, or should she choose another faction which she finds more interesting? 

Tris makes her decision. After she has decided which faction she goes to, it turns out that it’s going to be a lot tougher than she thought it would be. What makes it even more dangerous is that she is something special but not in a good way.

I loved this book, it was written very well with a great storyline, idea, and characters. The book had some romance in as well, and quite a lot of action, making it a very exciting read. It’s the type of book which you just cannot put down, as there’s always so much more you want to know! Divergent is in a trilogy, made up of itself, Insurgent and Allegiant. There’s also an extra called Four. I highly recommend this trilogy!

– L

Cinder Book Review

Cinder (Book 1 Lunar Chronicles) by Marissa Meyer

Androids, hovers, cyborgs – New Beijing is full of them…along with a deadly pandemic sweeping its lands. Amongst all this chaos is Cinder, a cyborg, who was reluctantly adopted by her controlling stepmother Adri. She is treated like a slave in a house where Adri’s two daughters get it all. Her life is bleak and monotonous – she spends her days working as a mechanic with only the android Iko for company. But one day, the handsome Prince Kai, every girl in the Commonwealth’s dream, arrives at her stall, and her whole life is turned upside down.

Set in a dystopian world, Cinder is an thrilling, dark take on the classic tale Cinderella. This YA dystopian romance is packed with unpredictable plot twists, and is a book for everyone.

This book is the first book of the Lunar Chronicles, a four book series containing (in order) Cinder, Scarlet, Cress and Winter. Each book adds another character to the story, but it follows on from the other ones and keeps the characters it already had. And each character’s story roughly follows one of the fairy tales, with Scarlet following Little Red Riding Hood, Cress following Rapunzel and Winter following Snow White.

We love this book, as it takes a classical fairy tale and turns it into a page-turning adventure, with twists and turns every chapter. This gripping book keeps you hooked, and is definitely one to head to Waterstones for!

-M and V