Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

*Warning this post contains spoilers for the first book in the series, Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard*

Series: Red Queen, #2

Publication: February 9th 2016 by HarperTeen

Goodreads description:
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 spoiler free thoughts:
I wasn't the biggest fan of Red Queen. I gave it 3 stars. I felt like there was too similarities with other books I'd read, so I went into Glass Sword with low expectations and I was pleasantly  surprised. I enjoyed Glass Sword more than Red Queen so I've decided I will be continuing on with the series. There's so much potential, that this could be one of those series that gets better and better as the books go on.

Before I actually get to talking about Glass Sword can we just take a minute to admire the beautiful cover. Victoria Aveyard is blessed to have such stunning covers. They're beautiful.

Firstly, I had no idea what was going on or who was who when I started Glass Sword because I read Red Queen as soon as it came out last year. I just went with it and eventually it all came back to me but I'd advise rereading Red Queen before jumping into Glass Sword if you can't remember it very well. Also marathoning the two books would be a good idea because Glass Sword picks up right were Red Queen left off.

Glass Sword was full of plot twists and surprises. It keeps the reader in the edge of their seat. Aveyard messes with her readers heads that's for sure. I was shocked on numerous occasions while reading.

I really appreciated the continuity of Mare's character. She was obviously going to have trust issues considering what happened with Maven in Red Queen. So I'm glad they were included in Glass Sword. There's a reason behind her actions. She feels like she can't trust anyone or anything. So in Glass Sword she's very withdrawn and finds it hard to connect with people.

Cal plays a bigger role in Glass Sword. Obviously he's dealing with a lot- with his father being killed and then everything with Maven and the queen. I would have liken to see from his POV. I still have trouble connecting with him but I did like what he brought to the storyline.

In Glass Sword we are introduced to new characters but I felt like that was it, we were introduced. We get a few back stories but I still feel like I don't know them. The new abilities that are explore in this book are so cool though. There's everything from gravity control to changing appearance. One of my favourite parts was learning about all the new powers.

There was so many great action sequences which I loved. They really pushed the plot forward and quickened the pace. Aveyard definitely knows how to write an ending that makes readers want the next book immediately. The finale to this book. I can't even. So good! I need the next book!

My rating: 3.5

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