Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Dystopia
The second book in the Red Queen series finds Mare Barrow running for her life. Born a Red but wielding the powers of an elite Silver, Mare is a danger to the crown. After learning that she is not the only one of her kind, Mare narrowly escapes the clutches of the royal family and sets out to build an army to fight back. Along the way Mare must face endless hardships as she struggles to become a leader and build a revolution, and she quickly learns that things aren’t quite as simple as Red versus Silver.
I absolutely adored Red Queen, which is why I was so shocked when I found myself struggling with Glass Sword. Recently I’ve been finding it more difficult to jump back into a series after the lull between the previously released and newly released book. I’ve had much more success (and seem to enjoy a series more) when I can read everything back to back. Yes, I realize how annoying and high maintenance this makes me seem, but I can’t help it! I’m not proud of it, I’m ashamed!
Anyways, despite this, there was no way I was giving up on this, because I love the characters, the story, and the drama too much. I took my time and took breaks when I needed to, and I have finally finished this. Because it did take me too long, I don’t know how thorough of a review I can give, so I’m going to keep this simple and just give some bullet points about my thoughts and feelings:
- Can I get a new main character please? I’m sorry, but Mare is on my nerves. I couldn’t handle her personality and attitude for about 90% of this book. I felt myself rolling my eyes at her a lot.
- Why is there some weird part of me that still can’t fully hate Maven? What is wrong with me? He’s a freaking monster, but… I just can’t totally give up on him. I feel like he’s a Sour Patch Kid (hear me out – I know that is a weird thing to say). Think about the Sour Patch Kid commercials: “First they’re sour, then they’re sweet!” and the Sour Patch Kid does something horrible, then tries to rectify it and do something nice… that’s how I feel about Maven, except opposite. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, YouTube it and it’ll make sense, I swear.
- I’m going to have to take some of the blame on this because I took my time reading this and therefore probably forgot some details that were provided, but I feel like I needed a reference guide for Mare’s army. People just kept popping up!
- I liked the casual sprinkling in of love and relationships. Given how dark most of this book was, it was refreshing and a nice break.
- THE LAST PART OF THIS BOOK, THOUGH!
Am I just crazy for not totally devouring this?
What are your feelings on Mare as a character?