Book Review: Glass Sword

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Title: Glass Sword

Author: Victoria Aveyard

Publication Date: February 6, 2016

Series: 2 out of 3 or 4

Summary: 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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Appealing Cover: 

This cover is so gorgeous, it’s simple yet very breathtaking at the same time. In this series, all the books have very similar covers. It’s the same shade of blue that continues on getter darker and darker.  Each cover has a different a different crown and these crowns are fit for a queen.

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The Plot:

There wasn’t really a set plot in this book. It was like the middle ground between the first book, which had an amazing plot twist, and the third book, which will probably also have an amazing plot twist. The plot just needed a little something more to really make the book  more captivating. The ending really surprised me and I didn’t expect, yet I knew it was something that Mare would do.

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The Characters:

New characters were introduced that weren’t in the first book and they all had personalities befitting their background stories and how they were portrayed. I hate how Mare and Cal’s relationship was growing and becoming what it used to be, but then went back to that awkward place again.

Until, finally near the end it was broken and seemed unrepairable at that point. Also, Mare got me really mad at times. She would make the stupidest decisions or act really rude. She was transformed by a huge betrayal that occurred in the first book that made her hesitant to trust and left her heart unguarded.

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Writing Style:

I love this writing style that Victoria Aveyard has, it’s unique and matches the world Mare lives in. Throughout the entire book, it shows how Mare is gradually falling apart and is deteriorating. This began in the first book and I’m glad it was continued in this book. In her Mare’s mind, she is constantly being tormented by Maven, which adds to her falling apart and is a really nice touch.

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Do I Like It? Would I Recommend It?:

Overall, I did like it. However, I honestly think the first book was better than this one. I would most definitely recommend the series to other dystopian readers. It didn’t have as much romance as I would have like, but I understand how Cal and Mare were not in the complete right mindset to pursue a relationship.

Rating: 4 stars

The passive plot and Mare’s rudeness honestly like ruined it for me. But, I’m still anxiously awaiting King’s Cage, the third book in the series.

Reading eagerly,

Queen JoJo ❤



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