Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Book Review - Glass Sword - Victoria Aveyard

'And I am revealed for exactly what I am - a particularly stupid fish, moving from hook to hook, never learning my lesson.'

Glass Sword is the second book in the series by Victoria Aveyard, so if you haven't read Red Queen - leave this review now! Spoilers be ahead, you have been warned!

Are they gone?


Glass Sword starts where Red Queen left us. Mare and Cal on the run from now king Maven. The book follows Mare's hunt for other newbloods like her, those who's blood runs red but have abilities even stronger than silvers. Trouble is, Maven knows where to look too, so the race is on.

Secondary to the plot is the complicated relationship between Mare and Cal, she swears she hates him, but I think its pretty obviously untrue, and they will most likely end up together. Honestly, I have no interest in their relationship, being far more interested in that of Shade and Farley, in fact, and I know a lot of people will disagree, I would rather that Farley was the main protagonist, I just can't connect with Mare.

Not to say I didn't enjoy the book, I did, but it gets very repetitive - I got really excited towards the end when it seemed a battle was brewing, but then it just stops, and it makes you realise how dull the rest of the book really was. I know it has a huge following, and in ways I can see why, but I think I just find it predictable and lacking somewhat.

For me Mare is just.... everyone is in love with her, she is so super duper special and so very jaded, can't trust a single soul and has to push everyone away. This causes people to question her judgement and blah blah sound familiar? Sounds like every YA heroine ever really. I guess thats what annoys me most. I know she has been through a lot, and has every right to be jaded, but I think she just takes it too far, verging on completely neurotic. If the author wants me to care about her relationships with people, surely she should make the protagonist actually have some instead of just cut herself off from the world. No?

Having said all this, I still want to read the next book when it is released. I do want to know what happens, it isn't just a book I can completely abandon, because it does have its good points. The ending for one, Aveyard can write an ending!

Overally I think I would give this book a 3/5, I enjoyed it and want to know more, but there are a few changes I would like to see for it to be perfect.

Have you read Glass Sword? What did you think? Do you ship Mare with Cal or Maven? Or are you like me and couldn't really give a shit? Let me know in the comments below.

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