Saturday, May 28, 2016

BOOK REVIEW: Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard



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.


REVIEW:
(Warning... Spoilers!)


I wasn't able to gobble up this book the same way Red Queen made me. It was a bit dragging from time to time and it didn't leave me wanting to find out what happens next. 

So here we have Mare and her trusty (LOL, TRUST) crew, Cal, Farley and Shade. (Yes, Shade, my love.) They have Julian's list of what they call "newbloods" and their mission is to, of course, find them. At first, this sounds so cool. More newbloods, more powers to discover. But I just couldn't. Get. Into. It. I felt like I was trapped into Mare's head more than the world around her. Yeah, I get that it is written in her POV but isn't it the author's job to overcome that? If I think about it now, most of what I remember from the book is Mare hating everyone, complaining and calling herself the lightning girl.

Mare Barrow is one of the few heroines I do not fall in love with. If you've read my review on the first book, Red Queen, I don't glorify Mare but Shade and the other characters. Haha. Aveyard did a pretty good job projecting their personalities in Red Queen but in Glass Sword, Mare was so caught up in herself there wasn't really much to rave on about. 

I do get that Mare was so closed off in this book but at the same time isn't. Confusing right? Her thoughts sometimes project how she doesn't want Cal or Kilorn to leave her. Also the fact that she misses the old Maven. But her actions are reckless and sometimes do not make sense to me.

The new characters, the newbloods showed so much potential in helping Mare grow but she did not have enough interactions with them for that to happen. She relies on Cal and the others to lead. SPOILER: Even the girl, Cameron, who was supposed to be special didn't feel so special to me. *SIGHS* It saddened me that already, a few of my newblood favorites have already been killed off without getting the recognition they deserved and THE BIG EMOTIONAL RIFT THAT I SAW COMING SINCE CHAPTER ONE HAPPENED. It was so predictable but I still hoped with all my heart it didn't happen... but it did.

I only have two favorite parts of the book and they were the discovery of newbloods, their training camp and their abilities & the big emotional rift I was expecting. It was sad, but still my favorite because it's one of the most exciting things in the book for me, lol.
   

In short, I just really did not feel this book. Would I recommend it? No. Go download an e-book version for the sake of the series. It's only been a month but I've already forgotten tons of parts from it.

It's Aveyard's book and maybe her way of writing this and she has a plan for this whole project of hers but because of this sequel, I am not at all excited for the next book. 

Since we're on a roll with books that have disappointed me, get ready for my next review, The Crown. *CRIES*





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