Review: ‘Glass Sword’ by Victoria Aveyard

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘Glass Sword’ by Victoria AveyardRed Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Series: Red Queen #2
Published by HarperTeen on February 9th, 2016
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 444
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
If there’s one thing Mare Barrow knows, it’s that she’s different.

Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

The electrifying next installment in the Red Queen series escalates the struggle between the growing rebel army and the blood-segregated world they’ve always known—and pits Mare against the darkness that has grown in her soul.

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All things considered, this is a book I should like. A book I would gobble up in one sitting and ask for the next one in a hurry, but I can’t. I am so annoyed. The pacing for me was too weak at points because I found myself skimming over some paragraphs just trying to read it faster than normal.

I was irritated with Mare the main character the whole time. It could be due to the fact that she keeps repeating how much of a weapon she is, and how she will destroy the world if she’s released all her power. It could also be that she denies even saying goodbye to her own family, and trusts the “enemy” more so than her own best friend whom she’s known most of her life. And then there’s the fact that she is spiralling down this dark and sinister path. Did she not have one about why the heck she’s both a Red and Silver? Why isn’t she questioning this? And if she is, then how about her brother? And why is she not doing everything in her power to save every Red blood from the clutches of the Silver government. She only starts to act once Cameron tells her so. Is this the path that she’s supposed to take? To become like them? If it is, I’m hoping she gets her priorities straight. Her family should know mean the world to her. And her friends. But she is too much of a romantic for me. Swooning over these two boys, it was a little too much for me. I was not a fan.

Then there was the whole recruitment process and all, and at first it was a little boring, I wanted to stop reading but then I kept going once someone told me the ending ends on a cliffhanger. I love cliffhanger endings so I decided to plow on. It was fun reading about everyone’s new powers no one has seen before. That was my favourite part. Then the ending FINALLY came and I was a little disappointed because I wanted a twist or surprise but there wasn’t one. It’s too simple to predict that ending because clues are given throughout the whole story. So yes this was problematic for me to read, but on the other hand it wasn’t due to the writing or the world, it was the characters themselves. It’s always hard to like a book when some characters irritate you.

I’m still pretty interested in how this whole series ends only because I want to know what happens. Who will win the war? And will peace finally reign all over the countries? That’s what I’m eager to find out.


Strange, my enemies know me best, and my family doesn’t know me at all. (67)
I curl inward and bleed alone, inside where no one else can see. (70)
We seem weak because we want to. (79)
Anyone can betray anyone. (87)
There’s nothing wrong with us. We’re different, yes, but not wrong. And certainly not better. (99)
What’s your ability, dear? Superhuman rudeness? (219)

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  1. Linda Romer

    April 6, 2016 at 10:07 AM

    I just purchased these books and am looking forward to reading the series. Sorry to hear that you didn’t care for it. Thank you

    • giselle

      April 7, 2016 at 10:10 PM

      I hope you like it though!

  2. Andrea

    March 29, 2016 at 6:54 PM

    I’m so sorry to hear that you didn’t end up liking this one. I’ve heard a lot of different views from people. I’m definitely still interested in checking this series out, just because I’ve heard some good things about it too, but I’ll go in a little more cautious. Thanks!
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    • giselle

      March 30, 2016 at 7:46 PM

      I keep pushing through the series because it’s so interesting, but sometimes there are times where I just ahhhhh.. Hope you enjoy it Andrea!

  3. Tracy @ Cornerfolds

    March 28, 2016 at 5:17 PM

    I bought this one sometimes last month, made it several chapters in, and put it back on the shelf. I don’t know why I’m having such a hard time getting into this one because I really enjoyed Red Queen! I’m sorry it was a bust for you :/
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    • giselle

      March 30, 2016 at 10:02 PM

      Thanks Tracy..I hope you end up getting to it. It does start to get better at the end though. I’m still interested in the whole world though

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