Monday, April 11, 2016

Review: Glass Sword

If there’s one thing Mare Barrow knows, it’s that she’s different.

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?

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.

Rating: 5 Stars

Book Title: Glass Sword (Red Queen #2)

Author: Victoria Aveyard

Release Date: February 9th 2016

Pages: 444

Publisher: HarperTeen

            If there is a Queen of writing killer endings in the YA world I dub thee, Victoria Aveyard, Queen of them all.  Seriously though.  I thought Red Queen’s ending would give me premature signs of aging while waiting for the next book.  The wait felt so long I could almost imagine grey hairs (note: I’m only 22 guys) popping up all over my head.    For those of you who’ve read it, you know exactly what I’m talking about. IT WAS SHOCKING to say the least. Oh just you wait though.  Aveyard’s done it once again in the highly anticipated Glass Sword, and I can promise you you’ll be left with the same feeling as book 1. GIVE ME THE NEXT BOOK ALREADY I CAN’T HANDLE IT.  I digress. 
            Favorite Bits:
o   Getting to see more of Shade: I LOVED the close relationship Shade and Mare have in Glass Sword. Despite all the time and distance they’ve spent away from one another, they still care deeply for the other sibling.  The only thing that’s changed is now they have to learn to understand each other once more.  The experiences Shade and Mare have gone through during their time apart haven’t been easy, so the hardened versions of themselves aren’t the same memories they were left with of one another.  I also thought it was touching just how protective Shade was of Mare and it tugged on my heartstrings quite a bit each time they were in battle and Shade was always running back to save Mare.  Big brothers of the world, you rock.
o   The “Newbloods”: I love books that feature a world with characters and differing powers. One of my favorite things about the Twilight Series (bite your tongue all of you who are currently groaning) was the different power each vampire had and in Glass Sword it was no different for me.  Each rescue mission they go on was exciting because I couldn’t wait to find out which newblood could do what and just how powerful they would all be working together.  I have to hand it to Victoria, some of the powers she dreamt up were incredible and ones that I could never have come up with.  Two of my favorite newbloods were Harrick and Nanny!  
o   The Rescue Missions: I touched briefly on this already, but if you love a good heist/rescue mission (Six of Crow fans I’m looking at you) I think you’ll love Glass Sword.  The rescue missions were so good at some points that I actually had anxiety over what was going to happen (like I said, grey hair guys.  I’m going to have to send my hair bill to Victoria in the near future because it’s all her fault LOL)
o   Maven: SORRY NOT SORRY I CAN’T HELP MYSELF. If you’re new to my blog, I should warn you, I ALWAYS fall for the bad guys: The Darkling (The Grisha Series), Malek (The Dark Caravan Series), and Death (The Arcana Chronicles) just to name a few.  And no matter HOW bad they get, I can’t help but find some redeeming quality in them. Same went for Maven in book 2.  I know he wants Mare back, and possibly for the wrong reasons (Ok ok I know his reasons are wrong) BUT I feel like there’s more to him and reading book 1 was proof of that. So naturally, I kept holding out hope for him, even as the book progressed and his crimes became that much more atrocious.  He is the perfect villain though guys. Victoria Aveyard knows how to write them!

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