After discovering she has powers, powers she shouldn’t have, Mare Barrow is catapulted into a royal world of politics, lies, and murder. Power is indeed a dangerous game.
Published: February 10th, 2015
Publisher: Harper Teen
So I know I’m a little late with the read for this one, it’s been around for over two years now and I’ve put off reading this book for no real reason. After going through what I call my “mystery phase” I decided I needed a little magic, romance and action in my life. I had high hopes for this book as I know a lot of people in the book community that love this series, but it didn’t really live up to my hopes. It comes down to this: I liked this book, but I didn’t love this book.
There are a few reasons why I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I would have liked. First, I just didn’t connect to any of the characters. If a lead character has a sister than I usually connect with them on that level, as I have a little sister I love dearly. However, Mare was different. I didn’t really feel her love for her sister. It was more like she resented Gisa for being more skilled than she was. I understand that was why she connected to Maven, but it didn’t make me like her very much. I didn’t connect to Cal or Maven either, part of that was because they confused me so much. One minute Mare was talking about how much she liked them and how kind they were, then the next minute she was talking about how much she disliked them. And all this would happen within the span of a page or two, it was so confusing to me. All the other important characters, Kilorn and Farley, didn’t really work for me either.
Second, and this was a big one for me, I was bored like 80% of the time I was reading this. The three major events (which I won’t name because I don’t want to spoil it for anyone) were the only times I really was interested. It just felt like the rest of the book was kind of pointless.
Despite these two misses for me I really did enjoy the book as a whole! The ending was great and action packed, it really gave me a sort of Hunger Games vibe and I honestly got goosebumps at one point. Not to mention the fact that the ending was a complete shocker for me, as I’m sure it was for everyone else who read the book. The last few chapters and the epilogue were like a hurricane quickly followed up by an earthquake. Utter insanity.
While I was reading this I wasn’t sure if I wanted to read the next couple of books in this series, as I thought the ending would be boring as well, but man was I wrong. Now I’m excited to start on Glass Sword after I finish my current read. If you haven’t read Red Queen yet but are a big fan of crazy twist endings, I would pick this up!