Red Queen: A Grand and Bloody Beast 

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard- 4 stars


I have so many things to say, but I am not sure if I have the mental strength to say all that needs to be said. 

This book was created to mess with you. It gives you hope and takes it away, over, and over, and over again. It gives you so many situations where you question motives and the fine line between right and wrong. 

I am still crying for the Reds. Their situation, their reality, their fight, stricks deep into my heart. The fact that they are treated as pawns in game only the winners wish to play is sickening. 

I have never had so many conflicting feelings about characters in a novel ever in my life. 

Let’s just say, I have significantly grown my list of characters I love to hate. 

I am so happy though, that this book was written with evil characters that you actually care about. That have some sense of humanity, even if it doesn’t justify the horrible things they do. 

For a majority of the novel I was also glad that the romance that was there was as minimal as it was. It had its importance, but it didn’t distract from the main goal: finding a way to save the Reds. It leaves room for romantic development in later books, but I wouldn’t mind if one never developed at all. 

One of my favorite parts of the book is that Victoria does not hold back in her writing. If there is something gruesome she lets it play out. There are no pulled punches in this book. 

I hunger for more from this series. I can’t wait to see how things play out. I have no clue about what will happen next, but I can’t wait to see where this story goes.

Overall, I loved this book even though it caused me so much anxiety and pain. Glass Sword here I come!

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Have you read Red Queen? If so, what did you think? Let me know in the comments below! 

-Till next time!

Becoming a Bibliophile

As a young child, all I cared about was doing as I was told, staying out of trouble, and watching Disney Channel. Whenever I was home my eyes were glued to the television screen hoping that they were going to play one of the Disney princess movies I was so fond of.

Books were boring, unnecessary, and a waste of space. Why would I read when I can see a story play out on the screen?

It was not until my 5th-grade teacher introduced me to seeing books in a new light. She spoke about how books were always better than the movie version. That in order to truly experience a story you must immerse yourself in the pages of its book.

The first book she recommended to me was Twilight by, Stephanie Meyer. I decided to ask my Godmother to take me to the Borders in the mall so I could ‘Take a look around’. She took me and I walked around and stopped in front of the display table that held Twilight. I held it in my hands and asked my Godmother if I could purchase it and she consented.

I read the first two pages and set it down. It felt boring. I didn’t understand why I was so compelled to have the book in the first place.

The next day, I opened up Twilight once again. ‘I must give this book a chance.’ I thought. I started turning page after page till I was lost in it. For the first time in my life, I felt love for a book. For the first time, I gave myself to a story completely. For the first time, I fell in love with a vampire.

From then on I got in trouble for reading too much in class. I read prolifically without stopping. I was a monster.

Twilight was a gateway drug into a world of infinite possibilities. I found my joy in it. I became a bibliophile.