Welcome to the Pre-Squee, a weekly feature here at The Book Swarm and the Bewitched Bookworms. Some books, though they might not be coming out for a few months, need an early squee — we just can’t hold in our excitement about them! Sure, we’ll do full reviews closer to the release date but this feature gives us a chance to share a little bit of our love, whether it be for the story, cover, characters, or whatever. We’re quite flexible in our book love.Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Published by HarperCollins on February 10, 2015
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
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 power of her own—an 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 Red rebellion. Her actions put into motion a deadly and violent dance, pitting prince against prince—and Mare against her own heart.
From debut author Victoria Aveyard comes a lush, vivid fantasy series where loyalty and desire can tear you apart and the only certainty is betrayal.
Oh, my goodness! Oh, my goodness! I just finished this book and I’m still squeeing!
The setting is filled with slums, small villages and palaces with diamond-hardened walls — a seemingly traditional fantasy setting until you add in the electricity, wheeled transports, televisions and high-grade military hardware. There’s war and rebels and downtrodden peoples, Reds (red-blooded “regular” folks) smashed beneath the heels of the Silvers (silver-blooded people with fantastical powers), and Royalty who do their level best to keep the Reds repressed while battling to prove their superiority.
For those of you worried about a love triangle, well, there’s not. Um…not really. Sort of. The romance is there but it’s not. And, truly, that kind of confusion just adds to the tension that continuously builds until Mare’s world explodes. (Plus, there aren’t just two boys but three candidates.) As Mare learns, “Anyone can betray anyone.” (Did that just give you chills? It did me.)
Okay, I need to stop or I’ll be doing a full review before I know it. It’s good. Really good. I highly suggest you put it on your wishlist (yeah, doesn’t come out until February…that’s why it’s a pre-squee).