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BOOK REVIEW: GLASS SWORD BY VICTORIA AVEYARD (RED QUEEN #2)

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*THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR "RED QUEEN" (BOOK 1)*
Book Type/Genre: YA Dystopian/Fantasy
Age Recommended By Me: 14+ Years
Rating: 4.5/5 stars



 
GOODREADS SUMMARY

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?



 MY REVIEW:

I
enjoyed this book A LOT! I think a super short summary of this would
be: Mare and her team searching and recruiting the other newbloods. The
novel basically took you on the journey of the lightning girl, along
with Cal and the Scarlet Guard on their search for the other newbloods
like her. It was definitely really different than the first book - while
Red Queen mostly took place in the palace, in Glass Sword the characters
travel to so many different and unique places.

Even
though Aveyard had done an amazing job - in my opinion - with the world
building in book 1, I must admit that there is SO MUCH MORE in Glass
Sword. This is especially because of all the traveling the characters
do, trying to accomplish their mission. If you love battle scenes and
lots - and I do mean lots - of action, then you will fall hopelessly in
love with this book!

As
you probably have noticed, I adored this book. However the only reason I
gave it a 4.5 instead of 5 stars was my own personal taste. I
personally am not a huge fan of action in books - even though I kind of
am now because of Glass Sword - so having to read about it most of the
time in this book was a tad bit boring for me. Also, the beginning of
the novel was quite slow for my taste. To tell you the truth, I was
contemplating whether I should even continue this series! But once the
first 150 pages are over, things go extremely fast, and you would not
want to put this book down!

I
was really impressed by all the unique and mind-blowing abilities the
other newbloods possessed. Gosh, I wish I was a newblood like them
(minus the hiding from Maven, of course!).

Lots
of times in the book it was just Mare and Cal remembering what happened
to them and what Maven did (there were lots of references to the first
book, which is realistic). However I think it was done too often. Like I
understand - it is your right to be shocked because Maven freaking
betrayed you. But the readers know what happened and how you feel, so no
need to keep reminding us.

You
will learn so much about Farley and the Scarlet Guard in Glass Sword. I
found this quite good, because we really knew nothing about it in the
first book, besides that it was a rebel group with the aim of ending the
Silver Regime.

If
you think that there was a lot of character development in Red Queen,
then wait till you read the second book. When I look back at Mare in the
beginning of Red Queen, and her at the end of Glass Sword, I am puzzled
at how much she's learned, seen and changed as a person. This book
should truly get an award for best character development!

Overall,
if you enjoyed Red Queen and want to see what happens to the
characters, then pick this book up, you won't be disappointed. ;)







 





















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