YA Book Club :: RED QUEEN

I'm very excited to join Tracey Neithercott's YA Book Club today for the first time! Can you believe it - that the YA Book Club stars have never previously aligned before now? But finally, they have.

This month's selection: RED QUEEN by Victoria Aveyard. The timing was perfect, because I got notification that my hold had arrived at the library the day I saw Tracey's announcement.

Let me preface this review by saying that I am horrible at writing reviews.

Or perhaps this: I probably wouldn't be horrible at writing reviews if I hadn't spent so much of my undergraduate and graduate career in the realm of literary and political theory analysis, which makes me want to not write reviews.

As I read now, I am constantly thinking of the elements of fiction, how the writer accomplishes (or doesn't) something, but reviews? Few and far between. Even on Goodreads, I'm more likely to give a rating than write paragraph after paragraph (although I've gotten better and now at least try to write a sentence or two).

So. RED QUEEN.

Another preface: I love Epic Reads and could watch Tea Time all day long. I suppose that's where I first heard about RED QUEEN. And then saw its gorgeous cover. I mean, the cover alone...

And while I heard a lot of good things about RED QUEEN, I also heard some not-so-good.

Okay, another preface: I don't read a lot of fantasy.

Okay, let me stop with the prefaces and get right to it.

I enjoyed this book. I liked it. I will probably read the next book to find out what happens. I enjoyed the world and the characters and the betrayal - ooh, especially the betrayal. It did remind me a lot of The Selection books by Keira Cass, which were not among my favorites. Like I said, I don't read a lot of fantasy.

But I didn't love it, I won't purchase a copy, and I won't rush out to buy the second book. I mean, this isn't RUBY RED, people. I will put my name on the library hold list mainly to find out what happens with the romantic elements of the story. But I do think that if you write fantasy, you should probably read this to see what all the fuss is about. And maybe to remind yourself that you are a great writer.

I'm sorry that I can't go into specifics because I returned the book to the library a couple of weeks ago and the details are a little hazy.

So, awesome review, huh?

What did you think of RED QUEEN?

Comments

  1. You pretty much summed up my feelings :) I don't read a lot of fantasy, but I liked it enough to check out the next book.

    I'm also "eh" about writing reviews because of all the analysis I did on books in college. Years later and my brain is still clogged with theory and techniques.

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  2. I'll pass this onto my daughter, who LOVED the "The Selection" series.(Should there be two "the's" in that sentence? I'm torn!) I read the series, too, and was kind of "meh" about it because I felt the love story wasn't very convincing. But I'm interested in Red Queen. Thanks!

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  3. Yeah, I don't think I'll be reading Book 2, which is a bummer. Also, if anything, your review sold me (even more!) on RUBY RED. Every time you mention that book I think, "Oh, must read SOON!"

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  4. I won't be reading Book 2 either and will be donating this book to the library or, like Katy, dropping it during Rock the Drop. As you probably already know, I'm a big fan of romance in books. I don't love books that have poorly executed romantic relationships. I'd put this one under that category, unfortunately. I was not convinced by ~any~ of the romance (plural) in this one. I was totally getting THE SELECTION vibes from it too. While I enjoyed those books (certainly not for their stellar writing), I didn't need to read another book in that same vein. At all.

    Thanks for the great review! I hope this didn't turn you off of "fantasy". (I'm using that word very, very loosely because it's dystopian masquerading as fantasy.) ;-)

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  5. I think I'll pass on book two. But I'm glad you liked it. And maybe it'll get you reading more fantasy? Also, of course it's not RUBY RED. :)

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  6. I put aside SAPPHIRE BLUE to finish RED QUEEN on time for today, and now I kind of wish I'd stuck with it instead. I'm with you. Reviews are brutal to write, whether or not you like a book. While RQ wasn't really for me, I'm glad you enjoyed it enough to possibly read the sequel. :)

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  7. "So, awesome review, huh?"

    You crack me up. And I'll be passing on this, too. Also, I need to read RUBY RED.

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  8. Fantastic review. I have got a disire to read this book. proofreading-services.org But comments below are not so positive.

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