Monday, February 29, 2016

Glass Sword

Title: Glass Sword (Red Queen #2)
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Genre: YA Distopian Fantasy
Pages: 440
Rating: 2 Stars
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To end the reign of Silver, Mare Barrow must find the only Reds who have a shot at defeating them. Unfortunately, she is not the only person who knows where those few Reds are. Newly appointed king, Maven, is racing neck and neck to find these Newbloods and end them- or is he?

This book took me so long to get into. I'm pretty sure it took me two weeks. Two weeks. I don't think it's ever taken me that long to read a book, and quite frankly, I don't think it's all my fault. This book was very, very slow. Sure it sped up in the end, but it wasn't until page 200 that I even remotely had an interest in this book. 

The fact is, the characters aren't unique or developed. They all have the same personality, and I can't tell one apart from another. And Mare? The main character? I wasn't emotionally attached to her in any way, shape, or form. Plus there's practically no character development on her part between book one and two. It's literally like Aveyard flicked a switch, and suddenly Mare was some new person who'd been traumatized and put through so much. It was annoying, to be honest. 

This all being said, Victoria Aveyard is a very talented writer. From her word choice, to her imagery, to even her sentence structure, she obviously is skilled. I just wish that transferred to character development and plot structure, because you'd be kidding yourself if you thought that the plot wasn't somewhat cliché and featuring at least one overused trope. But hey! With these dystopian trilogies, the second book tends to be the worst, full of filler, and I have hopes for the third novel. 

So yes, I have to give Glass Sword two stars just because of how difficult I found it too care about anything happening in the story. I won't be recommending you read this until we find out if the third book is worth it, but if you liked Red Queen, maybe give this book a shot. I wish you the best of luck with it. 


  1. I found the characters very bland as well. The Red Queen series really disappointed me after I'd heard such good things

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    1. oO That is one more series I don't need to tell myself to read.

      A.S. Damea @ Reviewing Dreamer

    2. Haha- yes, I would agree with that. I wouldn't have wasted my time at all if I hadn't already read Red Queen.

  3. oO That is one series more I don't need to tell myself to read.

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