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text 2018-11-10 19:27
Reading progress update: I've read 3%.
Die Farben des Blutes, Band 1: Die rote Königin - Victoria Aveyard,Birgit Schmitz

I only just started this, but I got this from Netgalley AGES ago, seriously!!! IT'S TIME!!!!

 
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review 2018-09-08 09:15
#50 - War Storm by Victoria Aveyard
War Storm (Red Queen) - Victoria Aveyard

I had been really excited about this book after finishing King’s Cage but then I forgot about it. I hadn’t bought it and I don’t know, I just forgot which is weird as Red Queen had been one of my favorite read. I just kind of lost my interest for this series over the year. It is kind of sad. But I still enjoyed reading War Storm and I think the ending was great.

 

I still don’t like Mare or Cal. I actually hate them and I was not rooting for them at all, I kind of did not care about their problems. But I really enjoyed reading about Iris and Maven, I wish there were more chapters about them. I needed to know more about Iris Cygnet who is an amazing character in my opinion. Maven is just a little piece of shit but I can’t help but love him. Farley is a fierce and badass woman and I liked her. The other characters I did not really cared about.

 

I got confused a lot of time reading this book because I felt like there was a lot of coming and going everywhere and I did not always get why they were leaving or where they were going. It was confusing for me as it had been a while since I had read a Red Queen novel and I did not really remember the name of the different places. But this is just my own fault, I should have read a recap or something before starting War Storm.

 

The pace was too slow in my opinion; there were many pages where sometimes nothing was happening at all. And then all the action happened in the last pages. I have to say, the final scene between Mare and Maven.. oh my. It was intense!

 

I cannot really elaborate on the plot without revealing too much information on the series thought. I would recommend to read this if you have been a fan of the series or if you enjoyed the first books, it is still worth it!

 

Despite the fact that I did not enjoy it that much, I am really sad this series is over because I have been reading it for years now. I remember reading Red Queen while I was supposed to be studying for my exams at university. It is one of the first YA book I read back in the days when I started watching Booktube and writing reviews so it means a lot to me.

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review 2018-02-24 00:00
Cruel Crown
Cruel Crown - VICTORIA AVEYARD Nice quick read with interesting details regarding Cal and Farley's back stories. It isn't really essential reading for the series, much of it is inferred in the main books. But they're a fun read nonetheless.
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review 2018-02-23 00:00
King's Cage
King's Cage - Victoria Aveyard King's Cage - Victoria Aveyard I am enjoying this series of books. I find it quite interesting, many of the characters and the strategies they employ bring to mind those used by many insurgent groups and terrorists around the world, whichever label you apply depending on the 'side' you are on.

The personal interactions are also interesting, especially that between Maven and Mare, which in my mind resembles that of a either a stalker or a domestic violence offender. There is no way that Maven can be rehabilitated in my mind. Aveyard's writing of these interactions is quite nuanced at the beginning, but by this particular book, the reader should be in no doubt. Maven abuses and tortures Mare.

I wondered at the events that may have influenced Aveyard, the techniques utilised by the Scarlet Guard and Silvers and the manner in which women and those of a lower status are viewed as objects to be traded for more power and status. I wonder what effect the events of Sept 11 2001 had on her. I believe she may have been about 10 or 11 years old?

The book, and the entire series seems to explore themes of terrorism v insurgency, obsessive/stalking attachment (I will not call this sort of thing love) and cruelty and torture in a domestic setting. While the Mare is not perfect, she has a lot on her plate and her unwise decisions must be viewed in their context. The difference between her and Maven at this point seems to be her desire to do right by others rather than simply fortifying her position and power.

That may be the lesson of the series, to what degree do we absolve someone of responsibility for their actions because of their situation and how much responsibility should they bear regardless of their situation?
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review 2018-02-12 00:00
Glass Sword
Glass Sword - Victoria Aveyard Not quite as good as the first one, but I fear that second volumes usually lag a bit in general. I will keep reading though as Mare’s final act in this volume probably sign posts her redemption to come.

It is interesting reading all the usual tropes common in wars, civil wars & acts of insurgency/terrorism. It’s a dialogue we hear every night on the news, convincing ourselves we are on the side of right.

Given that the book has made me think about these issues I will definitely keep reading to see what’s next.
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