by Victoria Aveyard
Published: February 10, 2015
Genre: Fantasy/ YA Lit/ Dystopian
How Did I Get It? I pre-ordered it
My Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥
Graceling meets The Selection in debut novelist Victoria Aveyard’s sweeping tale of seventeen-year-old Mare, a common girl whose once-latent magical power draws her into the dangerous intrigue of the king’s palace. Will her power save her or condemn her?
Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood–those with common, Red blood serve the Silver- blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. Before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own.
To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play 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 everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard–a growing Red rebellion–even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays, the only certainty is betrayal.
This book destroyed me. It was so good, I cannot adequately explain my love for this book! Marketed as Graceling meets The Selection, and I can see where they get that description. The world is divided into two types of blood: Silver-those who rule and are the “superior” class; and Red: the serving class (though they are more like slaves). Mare is the fantastic, kick-ass heroine, who is thrust in to the world of lies and has to survive. She is headstrong, protective of those she cares about, but a little messed up. Having resorted to thieving to take care of her family before she is conscripted for the Army by her 18th birthday, a series of events leads her to the King’s court where she displays latent powers that she is not supposed to have. Forced by the monarchs to marry the younger son, Maven, Mare must figure out to survive in a world where if it is found out that she bleeds red, she will be killed.
The two princes, Cal and Maven, are her sort of allies in the palace, though it sometimes does not seem that way. Cal is the older brother and heir to the throne. Maven is the younger, and oftentimes overlooked brother. He is the shadow to his brother’s flame. Both brothers are grey moral characters, and it is hard to know whom to trust; you start out trusting one, then another, then neither. I started out liking one brother, then Victoria Aveyard threw a wrench into the mix. Honestly, it is hard to know which brother I preferred for most of the book. They were both so well written!
I honestly loved that there were no characters who were morally white or black; they seemed more real because of that. This book was so well written, I am already eagerly anticipating the second book! I definitely recommend reading this book!
This book brought out so many emotions, I cannot really explain. Maybe a few gifs will explain. At the beginning it was like:
And then we got to the end:
After finishing, it was like: