Well.... I tried to write a review for the Red Queen, but just about the time I finished Red Queen I went into a book frenzy and polished off four books in a weekend, and well now I have a case of book dementia.... So since I loved this book so much I decided to do a Books Around the World, and if your wondering I would give Red Queen four stars out of five.
Today's Book is Red Queen By Victoria Aveyard
This is a world divided by blood - red or silver.
The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.
That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of
Fearful of Mare's potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.
But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance - Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart...
My opinion on the US cover: *no spoilers*
Breathtaking! The US cover is simple but gorgeous and makes it point. If I'm honest the cover is why I picked up this book, just look at it! I know, I know I'm not suppose to "judge a book by it's cover," but I do have a weakness for pretty ones.
The crown is stunning and catches your eyes first, but then you notice the dripping blood... The background is plain, but not in a bad way, it certainly makes the crown pop. The drips of blood are perfect, I love how they connect with the title. When you see the crown you instantly think royalty, which is further backed up in the title. Red the other word in the title is also portrayed through the dripping blood. The blood dripping from the crown screams "THIS IS NO FAIRYTALE, THIS CROWN COMES WITH A PRICE!" (which totally describes Red Queen) Overall a stunning cover that achieves what a cover's goal is, to make me want to pick it up and read it, now.
My opinion on the German cover: *no spoilers*
Oooooooooooooh... flowy red silky fabric, me likey. The bold streak of red is crying for attention, while the figure in the background takes a more subtle approach. The downward eyes add some mystery to the cover and the blurriness of the torso adds to the allure. This cover might be a little stereotypical in my opinion, it doesn't grab me as much as the first one.
Personally I think it could have done with out the crown, it was just kinda there... I think I might have preferred if she was wearing it instead. While the German edition is very pretty it doesn't really say much about the story. This cover says romance which while is in Red Queen, it isn't the main plot, Red Queen is much more than just a love story, it tells about war, corruption, blood, revolution, and power. So while this edition certainly is a looker, it just doesn't match the book very well.
*Takes deep breath* Oh my god!!!!! This thing is beautiful! The crown is made of supposed fake blood and the background is pure white. This is one of my favorite foreign covers ever!
However I think the font was a little to light and hard to read, perhaps it's easier to see in person but I find that normally grey text on a white background isn't always the best idea.
The little droplets and the unevenness of the crown adds to the eye catching qualities of this cover, they also added imperfections which in turn makes the cover look like it wasn't staged. Like (minus the stark white background) it was just a random blood splatter that just happened to look like a crown.
I Really Love The U.S. Cover Which Is Your Favorite?