Review: Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

Glass Sword (Red Queen, #2)

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?

If there was just one book releasing this year that I hoped - prayed even - would not let me down it was Glass Sword. I feel so betrayed because this book is suffering from a plague that I thought I had become immune to - yes, that's right.

Glass Sword has undoubtedly succumbed to 'second book syndrome'. This book tries to keep the pace by throwing us into to action, but without the intrigue and mystery that made Red Queen so gripping and special, this book just becomes bland and uninteresting. I put the book down at 20% and reread the first book to make sure it wasn't just that I had forgotten things, but when I went to pick Glass Sword up again I still couldn't get into it and I ended up DNFing this book at 36%. I then struggled for three months to write this review because I kept thinking 'try again, Jade' because I just did not want to have to write this review. 

But I just couldn't get past the fact that this whole book felt forced, like this was just a filler to get to the big main important bit of the series. Then I decided that the Mare I had previously loved had devolved into some bratty, childish main character - she doesn't even try to make the best of a situation - she has the whole 'why meeeee' thing down as well as the whole 'I'm so spesh!' thing. I couldn't even bear her in this book.

I'm sure that King's Cage is going to be amazing - God knows that Aveyard has it in her, Red Queen was so perfect! But having DNF'd this book, I feel like this is where I'm leaving the Red Queen train. Sorry peeps, but this just did not work.

Overall Rating: DNF

Book released 21st July 2016 by Orion
Book received from the publisher/author in exchange for an honest review

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