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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.

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“She had power over the most magnificent forces on Earth, but she still didn’t feel like she had power over the most important thing of all—her own heart.” 
― Josephine Angelini, Goddess

 

I have just finished “Goddess” by Josephine Angelini, the third and final book in her “Starcrossed” trilogy.

Goddess (Starcrossed #3) by Josephine Angelini

The blurb reads:

“She must rise, or they will fall …Helen’s powers are increasing–and so is the distance between her and her mortal friends. To make matters worse, the Oracle reveals that a dangerous traitor is lurking among them, and all fingers point to Orion. Still unsure whether she loves him or Lucas, Helen is forced to make a terrifying decision, or risk all-out war. The final book in this heart-stopping trilogy.”

This book follows Helen and her friends as they try to stop war breaking out between the gods and the demigods.

Helen gained new powers unexpectedly through the incident at the end of the second book in the trilogy when she, Lucas and Orion become blood brothers by accident, and as she starts to experiment with them, this starts to cause a rift between Helen and everyone else, especially her human best friends.

New enemies start to appear as horrible accidents start to happen around the world and it becomes clear that the gods are causing trouble now they have been set free. With the help of friendlier gods like Morpheus and Hades, Helen starts to better understand her role as the Descender and is revealed to be more than that.

As a prophecy is made about a Tyrant being created, fingers start to point to towards Orion, and other roles are starting to be redefined within the group of demigods. Helen has so much to deal with now: her friendship with her mortal friends, her worries about her mortal father, trying to learn how to use her powers, trying to defend herself and her friends from the gods, and then finally the love triangle between her, Orion and Lucas.

This book is very fast paced and has a great deal of tension, although maybe goes through things a bit quickly, as there is a lot going on at once. As we already know the main characters, there is no need for description of them, but their changing feelings towards Helen and her behaviour develop fairly quickly. The interesting bits are where Helen starts having flashback memories of previous incarnations of herself and how they dealt with gods, demigods and the relationship she has with Lucas, which brings an extra layer to the story.

I really like this novel because we finally get to see what happens between Helen and Lucas – no spoilers here though! You’ll have to read the books! I’m giving it 9/10 because it is a brilliant book to end the trilogy and easy to read and easy to emphasis with the characters, but there are little niggles because so much is happening at once that it gets a little bit confusing at times. Other than that, it is a really good trilogy and worth a read if you like Greek mythology and fantasy!