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I recently read “Red Queen” by Victoria Aveyard.  

The blurb reads:

“This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart…”

It is an interesting read and feels like a mixture of several things put together: one huge dollop of “The Hunger Games” (a dystopian world of segregation where people fight each other), a tiny pinch of “Twilight” (a girl discovers she has supernatural powers and is in her element), a bite of “Noughts and Crosses” (a world of segregation of the elite and the commoners) and a chunk of the X-Men (people born with special powers).

Mare is an interesting character who had no idea she was special and was just struggling through life knowing she hasn’t got a promising future. Then everything changes and her world becomes full of secrets and power struggles. There is plenty of promise in this novel, especially as it is the start of a series, although it’s not as good as “The Hunger Games” so far. It’s a good read and is fairly easy to follow. The ideas are intriguing with all the special powers and the fact that certain people have red blood and others have silver blood is quite weird.

It seems to end fairly quickly but if there’s more books to come then it isn’t too bad. I recommend it if you liked “The Hunger Games” as it’s got a lot of similar features but then that could be a downside to this novel!

I give this book 7 out of 10.

“Unlike the ink available in the late eighteenth century, which was made from squid, soot and turpentine, Shakespeare’s fluid derived predominantly from ground ‘gall nuts’, the product of the gall fly on oak trees. These would then be soaked in red wine, and mixed with iron sulphate and gum Arabic while being dried in the sun. A cut-down goose quill was the favoured writing tool, and the ink would be dried on the parchment or rough paper by dusting with a fine powder of ‘pounce’, made from pumice stone or salt; a letter would thus be judged ‘done and dusted'”.

– “To the Letter” by Simon Garfield

Yesterday, I ordered some books from Amazon and they arrived today!

Special delivery

Special delivery

Now, before people start telling me I should support my local bookshops and all that, I must point out that the nearest decent bookshop is a good 15-20 minute drive away from my house and parking isn’t free, and the last few books I’ve bought have actually come from bookshops! I try to alternate between online stores and bookshops!

My main reason for buying online was needing to get some books for my mum’s birthday fairly quickly! I also have some birthday money to spend and I’ve been wanting some new books for a while!

These are the books I bought:

New books!

New books!

The top 2 are the ones I’ve bought for my mum, picked from a list she gave me. I actually want to read “The Girl in the Spider’s Web” because it is the continuation of the Millennium series by the late Stieg Larsson, although at the same time I sort of don’t want to read it in case it ruins the series! I’m not really sure what “The Silence of the Sea” is about but I may or may not read that once my mum has!

The 3 bottom ones are my choices! I like books about twins so “The Ice Twins” sounds fascinating. “The Red Queen” is one of these YA novels which is a fantasy that could be big like “The Hunger Games” or “Twilight” and sounds a bit like “Noughts and Crosses” by Malorie Blackman. “The Humans” just sounds like it could be funny and a bit weird with aliens in it.

I have no idea which book to start with but I’m looking forward to reading them!