I’m so happy to have been selected to take part in an international book blog tour for RED QUEEN by Victoria Aveyard! I didn’t even know book blog tours existed!! How cool!
I got the book late in December last year straight from publisher Harpercollins’ office in New York. Got around to reading it after the holidays and finished it in about a week’s time between preparations for my wedding! Reading always calms me down and it was a great distraction amidst the stress of wedding planning LOL. Oh, and can we please take a moment to appreciate the gorgeous cover?
The very first line of the book is “I hate First Friday.” Right away, I got excited because it was a first-person narrative. I’ve never written a book before but I imagine fiction to be really hard to write using this technique. The author risks making the character, especially a female one, seem self-absorbed or #GGSS* when describing herself or being really candid with her thoughts. Unfortunately for Twilight’s Bella Swan, author Stephanie Meyer made this mistake. Fortunately for Red Queen’s Mare Barrow, author Victoria Aveyard created a teenage heroine I couldn’t hate. Sure, she was a little emo at times but it wasn’t close to how annoying Bella’s musings were.
Wait, I don’t mean to compare Twilight to Red Queen. They’re not at all in the same genre! I just think it’s crazy how the young adult section in book stores used to be full of vampire stories and now it’s all dystopian. Victoria Aveyard doesn’t hide the fact that she’s a huge apocalyptic genre junkie on her Goodreads page — her profile says “If people are dying, I’m buying.” Haha!
The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.
To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.
Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.
But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?
You can also watch this explanation video by Epic Reads:
Okay, so the book is not exactly life changing but it was a page turner for me. There were times when I was so tempted to skip ahead because I was all, “WTF is happening, WHO should Mare trust?!” haha but I’m glad I didn’t. The ending’s not what you’d expect, it’s pretty crazy but I don’t want to spoil it for you. Let’s just say I’m looking forward to the next 2 books! Overall, it’s a very good debut for 24-year-old Aveyard who wrote it right after graduating from college. With Red Queen, she scored a three-book deal and a film option under Universal. Who’s working on the adaptation? Oh, just Gennifer Hutchinson of Breaking Bad fame.
As part of the blog tour, I was given an exclusive Q&A with the author!
Q: What’s the best way for you to get into writing mode (music, mood, snacks)?
A: Music definitely plays a huge role. I have meticulous playlists depending on which book I’m working on, and which part of the process. I’m also most productive during the day, with an open schedule, so I can focus on just writing and let everything else kind of fade into the background.
Are you intrigued? Red Queen goes on sale tomorrow, February 10. Get yourself a copy before it runs out! In the meantime, you can read the first seven chapters of Red Queen on Epic Reads. Thank you so much to Fully Booked!:)
*Gandang Ganda Sa Sarili (finding yourself incredibly beautiful)