Slow start, but picks up speed!
Goodreads Rating: 4.09 Stars
Description: 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 started off very slowly and I struggled getting interested in it. However, it was recommended to me and I always try to read the books that are recommended to me. Aveyard kept repeating herself throughout the entire book, which was a big turn off for me. The things she was saying were extremely important but at the beginning it felt like every other sentence was the same and it was really annoying. It took me longer to get through the first three chapters than the rest of the book.
Mare was a very relatable character though. I would have made the same decisions as she did throughout the book. My family and friends are my number one priority. Just like Mare. She is a tough cookie and a force to be reckoned with. She will stand her ground and stand up for what she believes in. She isn’t blinded by the flashy new world she is thrown into. However, she is gullible and naïve.
Throughout the entire book, I felt like something was missing. I always wanted something more. I felt like there was some piece of the puzzle missing. The story was good and the characters were good, but I knew that there was something going on that I didn’t know or something that the author messed up on. The ending put a couple of the pieces together for me, but I still think that most of the story was lacking because of it.
I really did end up enjoying this book though. It wasn’t the best book ever, but it was good enough. While I would definitely recommend this book, I will probably not reread it.