Title: Glass Sword (Red Queen #2)
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Synopsis: 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.
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: 4 Stars
Review: This was an…interesting read.
Me before reading it:
Me halfway through:
Me after finishing it:
I had so many mixed emotions through this, so let’s just break it down into two categories – stuff I liked and stuff I didn’t.
Stuff I Didn’t Like:
-The first half of the book. For me, it dragged on and there wasn’t much to keep me interested, but I pushed through nonetheless.
-Kilorn. Don’t even get me started on this absolute arse of a character whom I just want to pick up by his collar and shake him like a misbehaving toddler. That’s the nice version of my opinion of Kilorn.
-Mare’s hero-complex. It’s like Harry Potter all over again, but worse.
-The Colonel. Ugh.
Things I liked:
– Shade!!!! I love Shade – he’s the big brother I’ve always wanted.
-Cameron. This little newblood is so much more likeable than Mare, even when she’s having a pre-teen strop of epic proportions.
-That at least one of the truly awful characters got what was coming to them. I won’t say who, but I felt a huge surge of satisfaction at a certain point.
-The little twists that kept me on my toes mainly through the second half of the book.
I’m giving it a four star rating because, like the first one, I really loved this book, but I’m not fangirling over it. It doesn’t get my inner book nerd excited.