Aaagghh! It took me three? four? I don’t even know how many weeks to finish listening to this book. And I commute to work, so that’s 2+ hours of potential listening time per day just driving. There was something about this book though that made me not want to give up on it no matter how many times I almost fell asleep listening to it.

Admittedly, it’s a little predictable. Okay, okay! A lot predictable. This is one of those books where you read the back of the book and you know exactly what’s going to happen. It’s not a secret and there were no plot twists or surprises, which made this book feel a little drawn out and well… boring, but I genuinely liked Maven and I really wanted to see where his story was heading.

Mare, on the other hand, would not be my pick of heroine in any battle EVER. I disliked her attitude and her general apathetic (and constant) internal monologue about how difficult and horrible her life is because Queen Elara *cough*CerseiLannister*cough* was breathing down her throat (hardly.) She seemed to create the trouble that she was constantly whining about and I was Losing. My. Patience. Quick.

Clearly someone didn’t get the memo.

The real saving grace of this book was the narrator, who I find I actually really liked listening to. It’s hard to find a narrator that reads a book in a human tone instead of spouting out words in an unrhythmic hum drum making it really hard to separate sentence from sentence. And Maven. He can stay. The world needs a few more Mavens.

If you’re thinking about picking this one up, I’d take another glance at it. It isn’t a bad book by any means, and maybe 2.5 stars is a little misleading, I just feel like I’ve read this plot so many times before that it starts to lose it’s charm.

About Red Queen

Bleeding Crown
Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood—those with red and those with silver. Mare and her family are lowly Reds, destined to serve the Silver elite whose supernatural abilities make them nearly gods. Mare steals what she can to help her family survive, but a twist of fate leads her to the royal palace itself where, in front of the king and all his nobles, she discovers an ability she didn’t know she had. Except . . . her blood is Red.

To hide this impossibility, the king forces her into 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, her actions put into motion a deadly and violent dance, pitting prince against prince and Mare against her own heart.

From debut author Victoria Aveyard comes a lush, vivid fantasy series where loyalty and desire can tear you apart and the only certainty is betrayal.

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