Waiting on Wednesday: Red Queen

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

I've been in a fantasy sort of mood lately, and I swear that these books have been very hit or miss for me lately. So, as you might imagine, my literary craving has been a bit of a double-edged sword. Luckily for all of us though, it seems like 2015 might just be the year for fantasy because some of the books I've seen floating around look like they might just be to die for.

Title: Red Queen
Author: Victoria Aveyard (Twitter)
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publish Date: February 10, 2015
Genre: YA, High Fantasy
Pages: 320

Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood—those with red and those with silver. Mare and her family are lowly Reds, destined to serve the Silver elite whose supernatural abilities make them nearly gods. Mare steals what she can to help her family survive, but when her best friend is conscripted into the army, she gambles everything to win his freedom. A twist of fate leads her to the royal palace itself where, in front of the king and all his nobles, she discovers a superhuman ability she didn’t know she had.

Except...her blood is Red. To hide this impossibility, the king forces her into the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks her new position to aid the Scarlet Guard—the leaders of a budding Red rebellion. Her actions put into motion a deadly and violent dance, pitting prince against prince and Mare against her own heart.
Yes. Yes yes yes yes yes. I find it extremely hard to put into words just how amazing Red Queen sounds to me. There's something about a novel that embraces royalty, deceit, powers, the lust for dominion and a strong female protagonist that just speaks to me, and it sounds like this novel has it all. I have to say that it sounds like fantasy is erring on a darker, more devious sort of note these days, and the tricky side of me is just loving it. Sign me up for this one! What do you think, and what are you waiting on this week?

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature from Jill at Breaking the Spine.


  1. I LOVE the sound of this one, too! It was going to be my WoW pick for today as well. I love high fantasy, so I am hoping this one won't disappoint. Great pick, Melissa!

  2. Oh, hellz yeah. I'm right there with you. This one sounds SO GOOD.

  3. I love the cover of this book and while the blurb sounds very cool, I also think it screams of a love triangle, so I'm going to have to wait for the reviews before deciding to purchase a copy.
    That cover is so gorgeous though!

  4. This sounds fantastic! I will definitely be adding this to my TBR list! Thanks for putting it on my radar :D

  5. Red Queen has a lot of buzz. I do like the cover. Excellent choice.

    My WOW

  6. I want this book SO MUCH!! Ah, it sounds outstanding. And I love the simple, eerie cover.

    Fabulous choice!

  7. I can't wait to get my hands on this book! It sounds absolutely amazing!

  8. This one does look intriguing! Love the creepy cover!

    Here's my WoW

    Have a GREAT day!

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  9. When I first read the synopsis I thought her name was Bone Marrow.... Wait, back up. It's really Mare Barrow. That was weird.

    This book sounds really interesting. I hope you enjoy reading it!
    My WoW

  10. Ooh this does sound just so good! I do love my fantasies with a heavy dash of political intrigue. I'll be interested to see just how the quasi-historical and magical elements are integrated.

  11. This one sounds like a very interesting sort of fantasy with a twist and the cover is so cool and a little creepy! Adding this one to the TBR list for sure!

  12. I'm so excited for the premise this novel promises but I'm concerned about the romance as it seems to hint at a love triangle, what with her battling against her own heart. Nevertheless, I hope this delivers and steers clear of tropes because it sounds perfect.


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