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*** Possible Spoilers Ahead! ***
Book Title: Glass Sword
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Main Theme: Romance, Young Adult, Fantasy, Dystopian

Thesis: Narrowly escaping with her life, Mare is on the run. And she has a hard time knowing who is on her side and who isn’t. Maven, now the king, and his evil mother, is hellbent on capturing Mare. The Red Dawn does not trust her, for her Red blood shines with Silver powers. Her best friend, who she hopes would not betray her, still could. Her family doesn’t understand her. And now she carries the weight on her shoulders to find others who are like her, but she must force the dark thoughts out of her mind and on to her task: find the others.

What Drew Me In: “Glass Sword” is the second installment of the Red Queen series, and my sweet husband thought that I should have the first and second book when he bought these for my birthday. After finishing the first book, I was curious enough to continue the series.

My Thoughts: I’m not going to lie guys… I’m having a hard time with this book. I’m not sure what it is, but it doesn’t keep my interest. I find that I can read a couple chapters at most before I have to put it down. The story is moving along, as Mare and her companions are traveling all over the place, finding other reds with silver abilities. Sometimes they are too late, and Maven will get to them before they do, which he usually kills them and leaves messages for Mare. Cal and Mare struggle with their feelings towards each other, as Mare is sure that Cal will leave at a moment’s notice if they weren’t both fighting for Maven’s downfall. Kilorn, Mare’s best friend, struggles with being an average red-blood who can’t seem to compete for Mare’s affection. And Mare is discovering more of the world and what newblood abilities are out there, like people who are amazingly smart, or people who can manipulate light or gravity around them. That sounds like it should be enough to keep the story moving and keep me interested, but I find that the story is a little flat in this book. Like I’m just waiting for some kind of action to really change the tune of the story.

Towards the end of the book, things start to pick up, especially when they pick up a newblood with a very frightening and powerful ability. Without spoiling too much of the final scenes, a rescue mission takes place and in the end, one death and one agreement will shock every reader. It definitely makes you cling on to the end, and anxious to pick up the next book.

Would I recommend this book?: I’m still very much interested in reading the rest of the series, as I already bought the third book, but I’m hoping for some good progression in the story. After that ending, I expect a lot of craziness for book #3, King’s Cage.

I’m still going to read this series, but I’m hoping the next two books are a wee bit better. Has anyone else read this series, what were your thoughts? Let me know in the comments below!

The Library Lady

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