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But it was funny. I think you'd have to have a really good relationship with your little one to read this book. Still, it made me a bit uncomfortable. It's clever, though, I'll give it that. And the ending was spot on! Aug 30, J rated it really liked it Shelves: best-storytime-books , finished-in If you're able to not take this book too seriously like I see a lot of people doing in the reviews , it's a lot of fun for the kids you read it to.

Does a great job of keeping kids' attention and getting them to interact. Jul 11, Kate rated it it was amazing Shelves: storytimes , to-buy. I was afraid that younger preschoolers would not get all the jokes but everyone was arguing and laughing in both of my sessions. As someone who studied a bit of symbolic logic, the subtle introduction made me grin. Sep 12, Anthony rated it liked it Shelves: picture-book , children-s. A twist on logic, where things are not what them seem to be, or at least that's what the authors want the readers to believe.

Try as they might I suggest you stay the course and see the truth for what it is, even if the book is red. Sep 13, Katie Merkel rated it it was amazing. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. As a child, it would have driven me nuts, because it's wrong. The book is NOT red. It was cleverly written and illustrated. Jul 24, Jason rated it liked it Shelves: picture-books , colors , clever-maybe. I'm not sure how I feel about this one. Is it actually clever, or just trying way too hard to be clever? Is it actually entertaining enough to make up for its potential to thoroughly confuse its intended audience?

May 14, Juliana Lee rated it really liked it Shelves: , funny , colors , interactive , little-brown-books-for-young-reade. Trying to convince the reader that all the colors they see are red, logic is used to 'prove' that everything here is red. At least one thing we can all agree on is that when we are finished, this book is read! Jan 02, Melissa rated it it was amazing. It's been a while since I've had both my teenage boys killing themselves with laughter over a picture book, and then talking about it afterwards. We all enjoyed the logic in this book, it's logic that my kids often use in arguments!

Their favourite was the logic behind a penguin being red May 14, Cara Byrne rated it liked it. This feels like an adaptation or sequel? With its clever challenge to "truths," the book would likely be a huge hit with a group of early elementary school students - though my three year old didn't get it. Apr 28, Steph rated it liked it. Creative but oh my - would be an interesting read aloud. May 31, Theresa Grissom rated it really liked it Shelves: kindergarten , picture-books , 1st-grade. This will be a hoot to read to Kindergarten and 1st grade in my library.

May 30, Dela rated it it was amazing Shelves: kids-and-tots. May 19, Nicole rated it it was ok. Not as enjoyable as the previous one. In fact seems like a rehash. May 08, Kelly rated it really liked it Shelves: library-book , childrens-picture-books. May 24, Clementine rated it really liked it Shelves: , children-s , picture-books. Apr 19, Becky rated it it was ok.

I'm sure this is far more entertaining when read to a group of children who know better instead of by yourself at your desk. But the latter is how I experienced it, and I felt very meh about it. All of it is ripe for narrative again and again. Neither were worlds I knew anything of and probably—as a young person—had a lot of judgment about. The two books showed me people and struggle and ultimately, the grace of life itself, no matter what your economic status. In the books, I saw myself and I was fabulous. For more stories like this, sign up for our newsletter.

Type keyword s to search. Getty Images. Image Courtesy of Riverhead Books. Red at the Bone: A Novel. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below. More From Books. She has Power.. She can control Electricity, and even more powerful than the Silvers She's the Little Lighting Girl.. And by the story goes, you'll see how it like Divergents in the Divergent series, tracking and hunting them down But with a new story of Love, some of it totally unconvincing.

And a new Betrayal story that's totally very good written, although a bit predictable for me.. So now you know all the basic story line.. Can't say I didn't like it I did since I love most of the elements , but the mix was confusing me a lot with the style of old kings era and the new tech. The rest of the characters were ranged from very good to very shallow or just similar to other characters of the previous 5 major novels.. I liked Maven , he's very well written, Cal was perfect most of the times too The Old master Julian and his back story was good to although remind me of The Giver's master Also I wished to shed more light into the world before Will wait for the next part..


I really hope it'd be better and more original PS: A big respect to the author for her 'Aknowledgement' part where she mentioned many authors, Directors and Screenwriters that inspired her.. Rowling and George R. Mohammed Arabey From 1 Aug. View all 30 comments. A lot of people were mentioning that this was like a lot of different dystopian books and while I agree, I still think this is worth the read. I enjoyed the world, the magic system I definitely saw parts of the ending coming but it was still entertaining!

Will be continuing the series! View all 7 comments. Dec 17, Adam Silvera rated it it was amazing Shelves: read-in , audiobook , debuts , reads , signed-copy , shelf-awareness-reviews. Finished my reread on audio! Love the narrator. And this read was extra fun since I knew all the major twists and got to watch the characters barrel into danger and deception. Here's a review I wrote back in for Shelf Awareness: Victoria Aveyard's thrilling debut throws readers into a futuristic fantasy world of clashing countries, segregation and a rebellion that depends on a young thief.

In the country of Norta, the Fe Finished my reread on audio! In the country of Norta, the Feats of First Friday are held every month in city arenas. Champions with Silver blood compete against one another using their supernatural abilities to entertain audiences of other Silvers and the lowly, powerless Red bloods that serve them. Mare Barrow, a year-old Red, knows these fights are meant as a reminder that any act of rebellion will lead to punishment or execution via the Silvers' many abilities--mind control, telekinesis and super strength among them.

To save herself and her war orphan friend, Kilorn, from conscription, Mare is pickpocketing Silvers in the small city of Summerton. There, a group of insurgents called the Scarlet Guard rise up against the Silvers, bombing a castle in the capital in the hopes of eliminating the Royal Court.

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She fails at her mission due to the ensuing riots, but an attempt to pickpocket a boy named Cal serendipitously lands her a job as a serving girl at the summertime castle of King Tiberias. Mare learns Cal is the crown prince, set to marry another Silver girl, but that surprise is superseded by Mare's discovery that she possesses lightning talents that no Red has exhibited before. The court covers up her talents by posing Mare as a long-lost daughter of a Silver war hero, to be engaged to Cal's brother, Maven, which they hope will placate the rebels.

But if one lie from the king can save her life, another lie may take it. Class tensions run exceptionally high in this serie's first installment. Mare's suspicions keep her sharp throughout; even when she's aiding the Scarlet Guard in taking down the king, she remains wary of the rebels. She commits to the charade of Lady Mareena not for her own life, but to save her three brothers and Kilorn.

Cinematic fights aplenty and deception amongst characters propel readers deeper into this world of power struggles. For the players who survive this first round, Aveyard sets the board for the sequel. A gripping, high-stakes game of power and betrayal, Red Queen is an easy pick for those seeking electrifying action and royal settings with a touch of romance. You've been warned, friends.

View all 5 comments. Yet another morally ambiguous character and I am sold. Red Queen took the best elements from all our favourites and our not so much tales and smushed them into one phenomenal book with an equally addictive storyline. Yes, this is indeed an Xmen high fantasy and yes, my heart did stop. Aveyard has ticked all the right boxes for me.

Yes, that does sound mildly sarcastic. But you know what? It feels like a genre requirement at this stage and who am I to complain when a hundred and one others do the exact same thing. Mare Barrow is a highly agile pickpocket. But time is running out. Like her brothers, she sees a future of conscription for herself. Her eighteenth birthday is looming and without a job to pardon her, she is set to enter the frontline.

And it scares her. The thought of war, the thought of leaving her sweet, innocent sister behind, the thought of waving goodbye to her parents, yet another member of the family unable to support them. However as life may have it, her seventeen years of familiar suffering are about to take a different turn. You see, Mare is discovered to be an impossibility, the secret that could topple an already precarious hierarchy.

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Society is ruled by the silvers. They are a race seemingly set apart by God. They themselves have usurped the title. As abnormalities defying the mundane genetic makeup, they are creatures to be feared. You can go either two ways with that—to the ditches or raised up on a throne. The Silvers are blessed with the latter. They are Gods in the arena of life. Destroyed by the greatness of others, losing the battle for our right to exist because we are not special. We did not evolve like them, with powers and strengths beyond our limited imaginations. Reds however bleed red. They are mortals, cursed to a life of servitude.

As a Red with a Silver aptitude, Mare is dropped into a dangerous game. It is a political desire that keeps her alive. While her days are limited to however long she can keep in line, Mare is given a route out of the slums, away from her fate of war. From there on out, it is a game of chess. A show to keep people happy, quiet, and trampled. Secrets come at a cost. What I adored about Red Queen is the concept. It was delectable. The abilities reminiscent of XMEN add a unique flavour to the mix.

The world building was neither underwhelming, nor overwhelming. Aveyard interweaves all facts and ideas into her intricate world in a fluid manner. We also see elements of The Selection added to the bag, only without the pettiness. The Queenstrial is set in place as a selection process. Only, instead of vying for the Princes attention, it is a little more of a family affair.

These Silver women all hail from families equivalent to dukes and duchesses. The marriage is a means to an end, an cementation of an alliance. And in that arena there is only one thing that prevails: strength. Power and strength are two concepts that could happily marry one another, and in Red Queen, they certainly do.

The action sequences were incredible. Red Queen digs a little deeper, exploring political themes, alliances and the ultimate consequence of repressing a race. There is no black and white. Humanity does not wish to be oppressed. It craves expression. And the structures that have carefully restricted the Reds, barricading them into one route in life, threatens to crumble with the dawn of every new day. And in that instance, there is a heavy influence of political ploys, deceit and games. It is a battlefield and it is the explicit who fall first.

The shadows, those who play their cards, are the ones who ultimately have the upper hand. For a debut novel, Aveyard writes stunningly. While she does not hold the outright lyrical styles of the likes of Bardugo and Stiefvater, she writes with a balanced combination of short, concise simplicity with an ounce of lyricism every now and again. It is a prose that will be likened by many. Often with high fantasy tales, humour can be disregarded, however I appreciated that Aveyard knows a little thing about sarcasm and banter and she incorporates it brilliantly.

I love the dig she took at the conventional dystopia. My little heart is swelling with pride, considering this is a topic I tackled in a critical essay of mine which I also refer to as my baby. You know, casually. I enjoyed a good laugh here and there. The characterisation was fantastic. We have a set of characters that are tenuous in their beliefs but deep down they are flawed. Tragically, deeply and realistically. Mare Barrow reeks of desperation.

She knows the stakes and I appreciated her character growth as she realises that there is a greater cause at hand. Cal, the crown prince, lives under the delusion of hierarchy. It is a precarious structure that he is set to rule and he understands the pros and cons—it is easier to maintain dictatorship then it is to liberate. And he attempts to seek the easier route.


Maven, my little puppy, lingers in the backdrop, the second son to a kingdom that will never be his. He is demure, quiet but he is steadfast in his belief. Despite his apprehensiveness towards Mare, he finds himself intrigued by her. I get you. And there is. One that I ship so incredibly hard. In fact, I may even ship the politically incorrect side because god knows I have a thing for sociopathic characters. They feed my curiosity. Some may say that this is a love triangle. You know how I feel about that.

That being said, this book reeks of betrayal. Love thrives off trust, connection, understanding. What brews in Red Queen is dark, delicious and destructive. Neither party will foster a healthy relationship. I am however willing to take that risk. You see, Red Queen just explores a winning formula for me. We are at the brink of a revolution funded by the desire for revenge. It is justifying darkness in hope of pursuing lightness, liberation and levelling the amount of pungent injustice. And that is begging to fail. And I want to see that unfold.

Many thanks to the publisher for providing an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. All quotes used were obtained from uncorrected proof that is subject to change in the final publication. Read at own risk. Something's coming. Like my full review. In the mean time, I'll be quick and vague. I mean this in that we have a Selection BUT it is not a petty, shallow, fickle show of swinging back and forth. We have a protagonist we longs to survive, a crumbling hierarchy, a delusional view of justice and peace and a war of strength and power. The stakes are high. It is what appears to be a love triangle but honestly, it's not that in any sense.

These characters are destructive, they are flawed, they shan't have a happily ever after. And they've cracked my heart in half, to be honest. I'm drowning in my emotions here. Go preorder or something. This is beautiful. I'm book pushing this for , alright? View all 36 comments.

I have a lot of feelings about this book. Few of them are good, some I actually knew I wouldn't truly be able to rate it until after I thought about it for a few days, and I'm pretty content with my rating as of now. There is a lot of hype surrounding this book, that much is obvious. Overall, I'm a tad disappointed with all the hype because I was expecting this amazing new YA novel.

In the end, I knew this wasn't the greatest debut novel, or start in the trilogy I've ever read. In the end, all I can really say is: I've read this story before. Many many times. Before I get into that, I wanted to first mention the characters.

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Mare was a typical wishy-washy indecisive YA heroine. To say she was annoying is putting it lightly. For the three main dudes of the story, Cal, Maven, and Kilhorn. I don't have too much to say without giving away plot details, but I think I liked Cal and Maven's interactions the most out of any relationship in the story.

There was just something there between the two brothers that I really enjoyed. The world-building. I didn't get that at all. The "battles" in the beginning reminded me of gladiators, but the actual setting of the book? I didn't get Rome at all, which is a damn shame I didn't because I would have really liked that visual. I ended up envisioning a Panem, which The powers. The Silvers are born with powers, the Reds are not, therefore the Reds are essentially the slaves. This was an awesome concept. However I felt like the rules on the Silvers' powers weren't explained, didn't have limits where there should have been.

The Queen is a whisper, therefore she can root through people's minds, control them, etc. While I was reading it, I just couldn't buy into Mare's conspirating plans with the rebels when the queen is right. It left me thinking, 'Why isn't the Queen squashing all these plans? The powers for the Silvers worked to a point, but only when it benefited to the plot of the story. Then they went into the weird loop-hole, unexplained limbo.

There needed to be cap on how much power was too much for these Silvers. It made them less human and left me thinking of too many plot-holes. I thoroughly enjoyed the way RQ was written. The pacing, transitions, everything was very well done. I honestly had a very hard time putting this book down once the action started to rise towards the climax.

The book could have done with a lot less "perfectly arched eyebrows" tbh. The romance is pretty light in the book and meh I don't ship Mare with anyone. Actually, I preferred them all separate. Individually, they were ok characters and I didn't really think the romance was particularly necessary. I do wish the author would have built the relationship with Cal and Mare a whole hell of a lot more. I would have felt something at the end moreso than I did because I didn't I don't know, feel those "stakes" as they were so-called "raised. So, now onto the fact that I felt I already read this story.

To me, that was just too many. I mean sure, books remind us of other books all the time, but this was the first time where I saw way too many similarities that it took me OUT of this story many times. There was a disconnect between me and the book. And I also want to list some of these similarities so below are some slightly spoilery plot points, but not huge ones that would ruin major plot twists: The Hunger Games: - Mare has a perfect younger sister named not-Prim, but she might as well have been. I mean Silvers try to one-up each other in the training room before being put in "arenas" for one-on-one battles.

Also, Maven points out his favorite bakery to Mare when they get to the capital. Does he decorate cakes, too? Cinder: - Meeting the Prince outside of the palace and forming this bond and special connection, giving no one else a chance. The Selection: - The Queenstrial is literally the entire Selection Trilogy summarized in like two chapters. It's YA recycling at its best. And that was a shame.

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View all 15 comments. Time moves slowly when you're waiting for something good. The fact that Aveyard just bashed her own book, in her own book either means she's a real riot and cleverly self-deprecating OR she really had no self-awareness. Judging from the protagonist in her story, I'd lean on the latter. The plot is furnished with mystery and intrigues of the royal family, forbidden love, the will to win, the inequality between the two races and, most importantly, the revolution!

Along with Mare, we will rise from the bottom of Reds to high top of Silvers. This book is simply must-read! Mare Barrow is Red, and this determines her identity. She's a thief from a large family, trying to survive in a cruel world, where her life is not valued. Soon she must go to the war — as usual, the battle for lands — where she will serve as cannon fodder while real warriors would sit in the palaces and dance at the ball.

And she almost resigns to her destiny, if not for one thing - her best friend, who had formerly been safe, now has to go to the war too. Mare will do anything to save him. After an unexpected acquaintance, the girl is thrown in the royal palace, where she gets a job. But, in an instant, her life takes a new turn.

After some accident, the royal family decides to replace her identity of the Red girl with the role of the missing daughter of one of the Silver war heroes, and to marry her to their younger prince. Mare has no choice: either she becomes a princess, or death. How much more will change? What else will i lose? So, she falls into the maelstrom of intrigues, meets with two princes yes, a love triangle , and joins the ranks of the Red revolutionaries, trying to save her country, people and herself.

Let's talk about the world, created by Victoria Aveyard. Here, people are divided by blood: red and silver. Slaves and rulers. The world changed around us and we stayed the same. Reds are ordinary peasants, working day and night to ensure the comfort of Silvers. They are people who have lost hope and strength for surviving. Because their blood does not give them supernatural powers, they are not important.

They work in factories, in areas with radiation, and the luckiest are allowed to work as a servants of bitterly hated Silvers. We will rise, red as the dawn. Living under such oppression, Reds decide to rise up and gather a group of revolutionaries — the Scarlet Guard. Despite the lack of special abilities, they believe that they will be able to overthrow Silvers and take their rightful place in the society. Regardless of the consequences In school, we learned about the world before ours, about the angels and gods that lived in the sky, ruling the earth with kind and loving hands.

The gods rule us still. And they are no longer kind. Silvers are an X-men. Seriously, they control the elements, people's minds, metal, have a supernatural powers. Mare, albeit her red blood, controls electricity. They are special, privileged, live in luxury, and do not know fear. They are greedy, spoiled and always use their status in the society. Reminds me of this guy: Among them are telkys, greenys, nymphs, strongarms and many more. Throne is passed through the male line, and the queen is selected by her abilitys - because they are in a state of a war, and their kingdom should be ruled by the strongest.

But not all of them. Cal is a Silver Prince, heir to the throne, a great warrior and just a handsome guy. By all measures, he is suitable for the position of the king: he is not deprived of kindness and human qualities. When Mare comes to live in the palace, she is torn between these two guys.

She really likes Cal, but they cannot be together because of their political views. On the other hand, Maven - the perfect match. What I liked most is that Mare is not a naive fool. Moreover, she decided to use his feelings to win a battle! That's what I call a plot twist! Shel struggles to fit into the royal family, while making plans to overthrow them with the Scarlet Guard. Along the way she finds new allies and new enemies. Their gladiatorial combats were gorgerous! All in all, this book offers excellent battle of titans, smart strategies that can compete with The Winner's Curse, a non-standard romance and everything you can ask for from a dystopian fantasy.

View all 35 comments. Aug 29, Elise TheBookishActress rated it it was ok Shelves: series-ill-never-finish , love-triangles-can-leave , read , how-are-you-not-murdered-every-hour , someone-burn-the-romance-with-fire , unowned , hype-hype-hype , what-kind-of-plot-device-characters , 2-star , genre-high-fantasy. There is nothing truly horrifically bad about this book. There's just nothing good either.

It's fascinating to me that a book with nothing new or special has become such a hyped fave. The concept Aveyard came up with here is solid - dark, gritty, full of morally black characters.

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