I know.. this is the second book of a series, and I didn’t review the first book, but that’s just going to happen occasionally on here, so I will give a brief overview of both/all of the books when it occurs.
The Red Queen is a must read. I can’t even describe how awesome this book is. It is the perfect blend of fantasy, dystopia, romance, betrayal, and adventure. It’s a book for the masses. Yes, Mare is a girl, and yes, she wear dresses and has feelings for boys. That should not deter anyone from reading this though. Mare Barrow is far from a frilly girl. Who wouldn’t want to be able to control the lightning and electricity?
If you haven’t read The Red Queen, STOP READING THIS POST HERE.
The Glass Sword introduces a myriad of characters and allows characters other than Mare to develop. This was what made this book a great read. Mare was a bit annoying in this book. I have very little patience for self-deprecation, paranoia, and martyrdom. The other characters in this book make up for it though, I promise! Aveyard doesn’t make the mistake that many make when they right these flaws into the main character, she always keeps the character’s voice and direction. She doesn’t let the overall message of the story deviate into “woe is me, love me, I’m sacrificing everything, love me.” She makes sure that everyone knows this behavior is intentionally written, and it is not something to be proud of. Think the opposite of Bella Swan in New Moon.
For Reading, I highly suggest reading The Red Queen if you haven’t already. If you have, you have probably already read The Glass Sword.
For librarians, buy this if you have the first book in the series. If you do not have the first book in the series, seriously consider buying both (as well as the third one, which is out in February).