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Topics Glass Sword By Victoria Aveyard free, download, full ebook, pdf, And don't miss War Storm, the thrilling final book in the bestselling. This books (Glass Sword (Red Queen) [PDF]) Made by Victoria Aveyard About Books none To Download Please Click. 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.

Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever? She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal.

Now a king, Maven Calore continues weaving his dead mother's web in an attempt to maintain control over his country—and his prisoner. As Mare bears the weight of Silent Stone in the palace, her once-ragtag band of newbloods and Reds continue organizing, training, and expanding.

They prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows. And Cal, the exiled prince with his own claim on Mare's heart, will stop at nothing to bring her back. When blood turns on blood, and ability on ability, there may be no one left to put out the fire—leaving Norta as Mare knows it to burn all the way down.

Now determined to protect her heart—and secure freedom for Reds and newbloods like her—Mare resolves to overthrow the kingdom of Norta once and for all. But no battle is won alone, and before the Reds may rise as one, Mare must side with the boy who broke her heart in order to defeat the boy who almost broke her.

But Maven is driven by an obsession so deep, he will stop at nothing to have Mare as his own again, even if it means demolish everything—and everyone—in his path. War is coming, and all Mare has fought for hangs in the balance.

Will victory be enough to topple the Silver kingdoms? Your reaction to my prediction is probably this: And you can throw a hundred things Maven did in my face and tell me I can't explain all of that away. There are people who read Shatter Me who refused to forgive Warner.

I realize rooting for Maven is crazy to a rational eye, but in books I tend to love and sympathize with the villain and I'm sorry but reading that ending where Mare has given herself over to Maven in exchange for everyone's freedom I just know there is so much potential there. Maybe I'm wrong and he really is a psychopath. But I got chills with that ending and it was because of what we might see in the next book. I could be dead wrong and I realize I sound crazy, but I'm telling you, I think there is more to Maven than the villain Victoria has been leading us to believe.

I think Maven is end game for this series and I do not think he is pure evil even though we've only been offered evidence of the contrary. I'm calling it and if I'm wrong, well maybe I am, but my author instincts are telling me there is more than black and white, evil and good.

Final notes: Why oh why did I have to wait a whole book to get two scenes with Maven? I know why. Because Victoria is an evil genius and knows she is torturing us but it's exactly what we need to get amped up for the third book there's four planned now, right?

Glass Sword did have second-book syndrome -it was building to future events and showing us character development and it was absolutely getting us to see how this world truly functioned, but it was truly necessary for the stage Victoria is planning to set.

We all saw what she was capable in Red Queen, and I have faith the next two books will be a non-stop rollercoaster of madness now that she has given us all the building blocks and endeared us to all of the characters I see what you did there! Did I love this book more than Red Queen? But I think Victoria did an excellent job preparing us for what's to come and building the world none of us really got to see in the first book.

View all comments. Feb 18, Emily May rated it did not like it Shelves: And I am revealed for exactly what I am - a particularly stupid fish, moving from hook to hook, never learning my lesson.

I know some people will not like that I tried Glass Sword after being really disappointed with Red Queen , but I've had a lot of luck with sequels lately. My dislike for first books like Cinder and The Winner's Curse turned into love for the later books in the series. So I thought I'd give Aveyard a second chance.

No disrespect And I am revealed for exactly what I am - a particularly stupid fish, moving from hook to hook, never learning my lesson. No disrespect intended, but I really do struggle to understand the popularity of this series. Nothing about it is particularly good or compelling. YA fantasy is made up of lots of fluff, but even the lightest of romantic fantasies generally offer some excitement, some pull, even if the world-building is scarce and it is heavily diluted by romance.

This sequel offers nothing like that. The prose is bland and the plot contains a lot of meandering between places and constant repetition. Mare's narrative is tiresome and dull , going over the same thoughts about Cal, Maven and her own specialness.

Only the last few chapters contain any real action or story development - the rest of the book shows the characters going from place to place in search of those with special abilities who can help their mission.

Everything feels orchestrated around the super special Mare, none of the characters have their own identity or purpose, which makes it not only boring, but also turns every character into a chess piece, a stereotype, and a trope.

Glass Sword introduces many new characters and not a single one of them is memorable. And Mare alone cannot carry this story. If, perhaps, her character had been so strong and interesting that it didn't really matter about the one-dimensional other characters, then maybe this book wouldn't have been terrible. But Mare is neither a likable character, nor an anti-heroine that demands your sympathy anyway.

She's an immature, often stupid, mess. Mare blends in with a sea of forgettable fantasy heroines. Even her flaws are not portrayed as such; her first-person narrative so self-obsessed. She's arrogant; always concerned with her own power and mission. She's selfish; often forgetting her family even exist and rarely expressing emotion befitting the situation. If you enjoy reading about super special heroines, stick with Throne of Glass.

If you'd rather read about a fascinating and morally questionable anti-heroine, then check out The Young Elites. Unless you are actively seeking poor writing and boredom. The late dose of action couldn't save the book, nor could the ending that is more cliffhanger than resolution.

It is a boring, derivative fantasy that only stands out from the crowded genre when it sits dazzling prettily on a bookshelf. Rebekah Perfectly said!!! I thought this was going to be an epic series, but halfway through it, I was ready to rip the book apart. Definitely not worth readin Perfectly said!!!

Definitely not worth reading. Rita Kiss Well said. Apr 13, Feb 03, Jesse JesseTheReader rated it really liked it. View all 28 comments. Nov 10, Sasha Alsberg rated it it was amazing. I CANT. This book.

Bless this book!!!!! That ending. I can't even type in complete sentences after reading Glass Sword even though I just did View all 64 comments. Feb 12, Antonia marked it as reviews-say-run-forrest-run. After long consideration I decided to not start 'Glass Sword' and quit this series instead - the reviews released so far mention the lack of the two things I was looking forward to in GS, action and Maven, and I do not see the point of picking it up, if I'll only get disappointed.

Aug 20, Adam Silvera marked it as to-read. I don't mean I'm shipping Maven with Mare. Reds, you're going down. Please note I do love Mare. I just love chaos more. View all 34 comments. Feb 01, Sabaa Tahir rated it it was amazing.

You are not prepared for the awesome. View all 17 comments. Nov 07, Miranda Reads rated it did not like it Shelves: Rarely, and I mean rarely do I abhor a book to its very core. In an effort to give some structure to my upcoming rant, I will limit myself to the things I disliked the most: The title , the writing and of course how our heroine is actually a terrible, horrible person.

The Title I literally cannot get over this title. So much over-the-top symbolism All I took away from it was, my God. How useless. Anything is better than a glass sword.

A wooden one , a Rarely, and I mean rarely do I abhor a book to its very core. A wooden one , a plastic one , heck One swing of the stupid glass thing and the sword's gone and splintered itself. Then you're left stepping on glass shards for the next few weeks Actually, I guess the title works. Glass swords - cumbersome, annoying, useless The Writing For the life of me, I honestly can't say what this book was about. It was so bland and repetitive that I tuned out for great portions And yet, in another three paragraphs, we are reminded just how red that dawn was and how Mare still had lightening powers.

The sheer laziness of the writing really annoyed the living daylights out of me. Whenever things get the least bit tough, Mare conveniently finds just the perfect person with the exact right powers to achieve insert plot point here. Then side-character dies. Rinse and Repeat.

How our heroine is actually a terrible, horrible person We follow Mare and her rag-tag group of middle-aged superheros ran here and there as a giant X-men recruitment fest.

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She's so full of righteous anger and rebellious spirit that she never once thinks about the implications and consequences of her actions. Honestly, I couldn't be the only one who noticed how there must have been generations of powered Reds living out their lives in secrecy. Well, until Mare showed up and pressed them into her army You think I'm kidding? Even the other characters noticed it. They literally fawn over her like she's this amazing, self-sacrificing, pure-to-the-bone heroine.

How honestly, I want to know does no one notice that all she does is A murder people or B force them into her army. In short, this is a half-star book. The half is because of the sheer effort it took to come up with over pages starring Mare I don't know how the author did it. Audiobook Comments Listening to the bland monotone a la Amanda Dolan did this book no favors.

Blog Instagram Twitter Dec 23, Andreea Pop rated it it was amazing Shelves: Careful, there! Unavoidable spoilers from book 1. And rise alone. She enjoys making me laugh, fall in love with countless characters at the same time and then drown into an endless puddle of my own tears. And she does it with such glorious creativity that, even though my heart is breaking i Careful, there! And she does it with such glorious creativity that, even though my heart is breaking into shards of glass, I cannot help but applaud her every time her writing mojo blows away my mind.

She's done it twice already. First, with Red Queen. And now, with a sequel worthy of its predecessor -- Glass Sword. Glass Sword is unputdownable. If it weren't for Christmas chores and drooping eyes, I would've read it back to back, because from the beginning you're caught in a whirlwind of action, intrigue and betrayal and you cannot shut the damned book. The fast pace sets the tone, but some profound, haunting psychological echoes reframe a darker atmosphere. This sequel brings the story of Red Queen to a whole other level, exploiting the divide between Reds and Silvers in a realistic manner -- new allegiances are made, old enemies gamble their power, queens and kings fall to their knees and some of them kneel with bleeding hearts.

The hunt for newbloods is on and Mare has to save as many as she can while trying to patch up the deep scars Maven carved into her soul. And this is where the main big difference between these installments lays. The time spent with the Silvers molded her into something entirely unique -- Red and Silver alike, not just her blood and abilities, but her mentality as well. Mare, at her core, remains the heroine we've been introduced to in the first book.

She's strong. She's badass. She's selfish around the edges. She's brave and she's cunning. But she's shackled by guilt. She's haunted by memories. She's weaving webs of lies and she's loosing herself into an abyss of heartache and, not surprisingly, fear.

Who wouldn't after such treacherous events? Not to mention her trust issues that, even if they resemble paranoia sometimes, are good reasoned. I had a bit of a trouble supporting her in the prequel thanks to her double faced demeanor, but now she had my unwavering respect and admiration. I know some readers will feel conflicted about her occasional stumble into merciless, ruthless, vindictive and Silver-like behavior, but I felt it justified, although sad.

And for the love of gods, she tries so hard and so much in this book to keep everyone safe, to concoct moves and countermoves, to get rid of her emotional instability, to escape Maven's shadow and to change the world a little bit.

To make a difference. The little lightning girl is not so little anymore and I could not help but love her, because even though she loses a lot of fights with inner and outer demons, Mare always had the courage to battle for her beliefs. The storm that will swallow the world entire. He reminded me of Celaena in so many ways.

Gone is the prince in his overwhelming intensity; a boy with nightmares, a thirst for revenge and endless loneliness remains. I think he's even more lost than Mare is, because his home, his people, his whole goddamn country want him dead and he's running away from people he used to care deeply for. That kind of messes with his head and it triggers subtle changes in his personality and behavior, but still -- I. He's tough. You get it or I'm talking nonsense?

His presence was almost palpable for he is constant in our main characters' thoughts and whenever he does make an appearance, he only instates his wicked, power-hungry, cruel ways, making it even harder for the rest to escape his mental grasp.

He's strong, cold and calculated and a wonderfully nuanced complex villain -- I'm anxious and enthusiastic at the same time for what it's to come. Not even your own. Actually, I could say that it barely survived the aftermath of book 1.

You can wave the fragile "love triangle" goodbye. With Maven not being physically present for most of the story, that leaves us with Mare and Cal and, um, well, to say that their relationship is complicated would be the understatement of the year.

Each of them got burned by the other and they have walls in place to maintain distance. Arghh, and there's tension. And wildness. And desire. Regrets upon regrets. They still use and hurt each other. But, paradoxically, they protect one another despite their past. It's no secret I shipped Mare and Cal to the moon and back, so I'll admit I devoured every scene with these two in it, especially those where they just crumble without the other nearby.

I must freeze my heart to the one person who insists on setting it ablaze.

So you see, we have a confusing, effed up mess, one deliciously agonizing. Shade and Kilorn. And even Farley. Shade especially. I completely fell in love with Shade -- he was a great addition to the cast. He's clever, easy going and just cute, not to mention that his love for his sister was awww worthy.

Kilorn evolved quite much. I mean, I don't hate him anymore. I love him now. He's a central piece to the story and despite his "uselessness" he proves to be a good friend, a brave soldier and an all-around great guy. His friendship with Mare was awesome and my heart ached for his unreturned romantic feelings -- I might bless a possible Kilorn and Mare couple. I might. And Farley was another kickass chick I was glad we spent more time with.

She's just, courageous and determined. Plus, her fate brings a bittersweet smile on my face whenever I think about it you can't bribe me to spill the beans. I have to admit there were a few flaws but not major enough to deflect my boundless love for this book. The newbloods plotline develops and tons of characters are introduced, some of them memorable and some of them not.

The world-building is not extraordinary, although we get to venture in new cities not that it ever was in RQ and the Red Guard only has a minor role in current events, keeping its enigmatic traits.

The mild reminiscences of Shatter Me linger, but this time they are coupled with Breaking Dawn and The Young Elites deja-vus due to the expansion of the newbloods' power palette. Nonetheless, there are some characters that have managed to amaze me with their original abilities and I had an overall sense of badassery every time their lot became the focus.

I do have one slight regret though -- I would have liked to know each one better, because there was a gold mine of awesomeness for side stories. Expect twists and turns. The jaw-dropping kind. The clever ones. The shit-God-no-I-wanna-go-back kind and also the yeah-you-are-going-down-bitches kind. These twists are part of what makes GS a thrilling sequel -- no one is safe, no newblood, no Red and, for once, no Silver.

I had tears streaming down my face because I thought the book will most likely end on a sorrowful note, you know, I expected that, but then shit just hit the fan, K-BOOM, pow-pow, things I didn't expect happened in a matter of a few lines and I was left crumbling on a cliffhanger that gutted me.

And even if she would, there are worlds to be explored. Kings to be conquered. Queens to be made. And you don't want that exquisite potential to feel rushed. Regardless, I have a feeling the dynamic will change dramatically in the third book. It was an emotional roller coaster, one careening towards an explosive final, riveting, surprising, vivid and glorious. It made me cry, smile in anticipation and crave more and more of this enthralling universe.

Glass Sword is exactly what a sequel should be and I cannot wait to see what the dawn brings for these amazing characters.

This review contains quotes subject to change. View all 49 comments. Apr 28, Darth J rated it it was ok Shelves: I was correct that I wouldn't remember them because the author just launches into the story here without as much as a previously on to refresh the audience with the story and cast.

This works against the story from the very beginning, because unless the reader just finished the first book, it's all a very confusing game of catch up. I mean, the author's head is obsessed with these sounds and it does the reader no favors in distinguishing these characters and places from one another.

To further confuse you, Aveyard spends the first half of the book in action sequences that are also pretty chaotic and don't do much for the story. I get that the author is a screenwriter and these scenes probably would look great on film but she needs to learn to write them for readers instead of directors. As if sensing that the first half is all action, she overcorrects and spends most of the rest of the book with exposition.

It doesn't balance out the book; it makes it a slog to read as info dump after info dump weight down the already-too-thin story. As others have already said, this series gets less and less original as it goes on. Glass Sword borrows heavily from the disappointing finale to the Hunger Games series.

I know: Looking for originality in YA these days is fruitless, but one can hope, can't they? And the villain, Maven, is basically Joffrey Baratheon. I'm sorry, but Aveyard is going to squeeze this thing into at least 2 more books but I doubt there is any juice left. So I give up on this once-promising series. View all 9 comments. Mar 06, Katerina rated it really liked it Shelves: I swear I have no idea how I managed to finish Glass Sword. I'm not saying this because I found the plot slow like I read on many reviews, or because it suffered from second-book-syndrome, but because for the first time in my life I wanted to physically hurt the heroine with such a seething passion.

It's like Mare's face was calling for my fist. Mare is a horrible, horrible person. I gave up every effort to understand her and instead I started imagining which death is more appropriate for her. She kept acting like a martyr and God's greatest creation and gift to all those unfortunate souls who were not powerful and amazing like her. Hey your Superiorness, I have news for you! Power doesn't come from the random ability to manipulate the elements around you, power can be found in sharp minds and kind hearts.

Your lack of brain and heart makes you a weak and pathetic brat that only cares about herself and the other newbloods and ignores everyone else. There was actually a point where she wondered how Kilorn managed to survive since he was no one, just a simple fisher boy! I am not a fan of Kilorn I found him annoying most of the times but he surprisingly grew on me towards the end but I wanted to cut my arm and throw it at her! Always thinking her decisions are the best, always ignoring the voice of reason, always so self-righteous and self-involved , eager to manipulate and control, to sacrifice others for her own purposes.

The way she kept judging and blaming Cal made my blood boil. She accused him of fearing to act when he wanted to show mercy, a concept unknown to her, she judged him for not trying to make things better for the poor when she was the one who stole from the poor to satisfy her selfish needs, and I keep wondering how did she know that he wouldn't change things when he never had the chance.

She turned his world upside down, she betrayed him and took everything from him, she was his downfall. I hate her. I can't find any redeeming quality in him, I knew from the very start how rotten and corrupted he was. He's not a misguided soul that started off as good and lost his way, he didn't exprerience an upleasant childhood or a trauma that made him this monster, he is just evil.

He craves power, he's full of jealousy and hatred, he. But I can't help but admit he's one of the reasons that made this book so gripping , while he had very few scenes, he was always present, making you shiver. The only reason you're still breathing is because I can't burn the oxygen from this room.

He's the victim of the worst betrayal, he has no one, he is no one, he clings to Mare and tries to salvage the humanity that's left in her but he rarely succeeds. He doesn't belong anywhere, he's broken and scarred but he's still noble, he endures the mistrust and the insults and he starts to realize the awfully wrong way the world works.

He is smart and kind and by far the best character in this book. I just want to hug him and tell him everything's going to be alright.

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As for the plot, I loved the idea of recruiting newbloods, it reminded me of Professor X and Magneto in X-Men First Class only they did not force anyone to join them and Hunger Games at the same time, with the revolution brewing. There were times I wished Victoria Aveyard didn't elaborate so much in some scenes, but in general I found Glass Sword action-packed and I was constantly afraid of what was about to happen next, I was fully invested to the story with its schemes and beautifully crafted fight scenes and plot-twists!

And of course, the world-building was utterly intriguing, the blend of modern technology and dystopia and high fantasy is what won me over in the first place!

I was born to kill a king, to end a reign of terror before it can truly begin. Victoria Aveyard is without a doubt a very talented author , and the fact that she created so many flawed and three dimensional characters and inflicted so many emotions albeit the most dominant ones were wrath and terror is proof enough! The cliffhanger though shattered any resolve I had left, which means I need some anger management sessions.

View all 61 comments. Feb 13, Cody rated it liked it Shelves: Glass Sword picks up straight after the explosive ending of Red Queen. They're being hunted down by Maven, who is now the King of Norta. Reds who possess the powers of Slivers, the only question is, who will get to them first; Mare or Maven?

Mare changes a lot in this book and not all of it was for the better, she was cunning, ruthless and sometimes cruel. I actually expected this change, in order for Mare to go up against Maven and his mother she needed to evolve and look at her past mistakes.

However, Mare became my biggest problem, she lost the fire she had in Red Queen and instead became this husk of herself. So, I think everyone knew my opinions on the romance of RQ and I can happily say this love-square is over!

I guess. There was a lot of adventure in this book, I loved being able to explore Norta more and in addition to adventure we got heaps of action. Speaking of action, can I just take a moment to fully appreciate our exiled Price of fire, Cal? The whole chapter was a mess and wasn't until the next chapter that you realise 'said character' died?

Also the home of Team Anti-Kilorn! Literary-ly Obsessed View all 60 comments. Feb 14, Ben Alderson rated it really liked it. One of the best sequels Not going to spoil it.. View 2 comments. This review can also be found on my blog, Dana and the Books. That last chapter. That last sentence. Glass Sword was one of my most anticipated reads and it completely lived up to the hype, making it a fantastic sequel to Red Queen.

Without giving away spoilers, Glass Sword started right in the action, basically right where Red Queen left off. The main focus of Glass Sword is to search for and recruit others like Mare Barrow for the uprising against Silver This review can also be found on my blog, Dana and the Books. The main focus of Glass Sword is to search for and recruit others like Mare Barrow for the uprising against Silver Royalty.

After reading Red Queen almost a year ago, I impatiently awaited the sequel, but I was also apprehensive. Would it live up to the first book? It most certainly did!

The entire story was like watching an action movie. No boring lulls in the middle of the story, no dull scenes slowing the narrative down. It was wonderful to see her change from a scared and unconfident girl in Red Queen to a bold and powerful woman in Glass Sword.

My only criticism is at around the halfway point, we saw a whole group of new characters introduced in the span of just a few chapters, which made it a bit difficult to remember who is who and who has what powers. Glass Sword ended on such a high note. I think Victoria Aveyard is becoming the queen of plot twists! The set up for the next book looks ridiculously exciting.

View all 21 comments. Jan 10, Kiki rated it did not like it Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I'm lowering my rating, because the more I learn about this series, the angrier it makes me.

New developments assure me that this book, and this series in fact, deserve no stars, and I'm not sorry for that. I'm only extremely pissed off because this book is the definition of taking advantage in a very, very unpleasant way.

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I could tell you that this book is about Mare and Co. Well, it doesn't. Somehow, this book still manages to be about nothing.

Mare's gone dark; I can't tell if I'm supposed to sympathize with her, because I don't, not in the slightest. I can't tell if this is a smart move by the author, or if this whole book is just an amoral mess though I suspect the latter. The odds are stacked against the former, because there's nothing smart about this book. There's nothing book about this book. It's like a really long Reddit post.

I try not to look for morality in books, but with dystopia? It's a genre built on morality and revolution. Dystopia naturally raises moral questions and this book does not have the wherewithal to deal with them. It just flounders. There are some decent setups for discourse but it's all glossed over in favour of Mare's wretched internal monologue. She goes through the mangle, and I respect that.

I think it's brave to create a character who's flawed and a total grey area. But this book doesn't have the sophistication to deal with that in any way beyond, "I hurt inside, ouch, I am a pit of despair, that violin isn't big enough, play me a cello!

There aren't layers here. Me and Ally laughed about this because it's like those emo kids, when Mare mopes around internally thrashing herself and saying shit like, "I'm so alone" and "they all fear me" and "I let the shadows engulf me" every second paragraph.

It's like in high school when we used to smoosh our undyed hair over one eye I wasn't allowed to dye mine and wore two studded belts and yelled, "It's not a phase, Mum! Where are the moral questions? Why aren't they being asked? At one point there was a great opportunity for some serious, heavyweight, important discussion surrounding the hollowness and pointlessness of revenge and enduring hatred, but god, this book won't flex its muscles except to talk about the darkness of Mare's soul.

The author may as well have quoted My Chemical Romance lyrics as an introduction. In all seriousness, there is no seriousness. Instead, all of these pages are distracted by Mare's moaning, Mare's thirst for revenge, Mare learning nothing despite everything she's been through. I have no qualms about her becoming a monster - I'll continue this series if she turns into a villain - but this book just completely missed the point and busied itself with crap. I never understand the idea that throwing kids into the mix makes a situation more pathetic and heart wrenching.

It's like when, just to solidify their evilness, a bad guy kicks the dog. Suzanne Collins was one who treated this with far more finesse: Rue was a kid and her death was part of a narrative that explored specifically the weaponization of children, the culling of future generations to protect an outdated and brutal regime, and that very issue of using children to manipulate adults. This is probably an unpopular opinion, but it really, really called to me throughout this book, and it feels like a supremely cheap way to create your Big Bad Dystopia.

Cal was the most interesting part of this book for me, probably because his struggle was the only marginally authentic part of it all: He knows that that prejudice can't be unravelled overnight and he struggles with it. He's fully aware that there have been atrocities committed in his family name and that he has been complicit in those atrocities, but the past can't be undone; he has to move forward and deal with it in any way that he can.

He has to pick up the scraps of who he is and try to find a future for himself. His interactions with Mare were frustrating, but I do feel like both characters were in their element when they sparked off one another. The rest of the cast were grey to me, totally lacking any sort of personality, save perhaps for Farley, who's been partially ruined since all of her honour and her brutality and intelligence is thrown away by making her into this sort of strange caricature who does nothing but throw up.

Farley has lost her edge, and that was what made her semi-interesting in Red Queen It's all relative. There are absolutely no interesting characters in this series. None whatsoever. I would rather rip out all of my piercings than read a turgid novella about any of them. But I can't say I'm really that upset.

The secondary characters are all so woefully underdeveloped that I just cannot force myself to give a shit. Even Shade's death was a sort of "Oh, okay.

He was just so obviously words on paper. There was nothing of that transformative energy that some books had, like when I cried over Illuminae and Dreams of Gods and Monsters and got all angry at The Order of the Phoenix when Umbridge fucked shit up at Hogwarts and physically abused the students!

Shouldn't she have been struck off? I'm still so fucking angry about it. But Glass Sword 's basic bare bones are showing their cracks, too, like with the writing. It barely holds together for the first three hundred pages, occasionally hitting the mark with certain pieces of dialogue and a bit of creepy Foe Yay with Mare and Maven, but it totally falls apart in the final act.

It shreds itself like a boat approaching the Mountain of Adamant. Even the extremely basic technical aspects of it fail spectacularly. I don't know what happened at the three hundred page mark, but the interrobangs suddenly veer out of control and the run-on sentences are rampant. Look at this piece on page of the paperback: Honest to god. Not only is there a run on sentence and a completely unnecessary dialogue tag, but that interrobang is like stepping on a lego.

Interrobangs, in published works, just like caps lock, are unbelievably unpolished and unprofessional. They're just so messy and I can't believe so many editors and an agent allowed interrobangs to make it into the final finished manuscript. There's also this weird and extreme overuse of italics that I think might be trying to indicate Mare's inner thoughts, but it's redundant, since this book is written in first person.

I'm really starting to hate first person. As with the first book, I had no expectations of this one - I read it because I found it in Waterstone's a week early, and I was curious. Everybody loved it, and I wondered if I wasn't just missing something. Maybe I just didn't get the first book. But this one was terrible, just pages of filler. It's the embodiment of Middle Book Syndrome. And all of this - the abysmal writing, the shameful plot, the shite characters - pales in comparison to the morally reprehensible way that this series came about.

It came about because a team of people said, "Let's find a way to make a fuckton of money with as little effort as possible". Well, congrats, guys. Good job, Victoria Aveyard. You just gave a case to every old elitist white man who claims that YA is just a trashy money machine. YA isn't anything like that, but you made it look like it is.

And not only that, but you cut books, precious books, into nothing but huge gross dollar signs. View all 48 comments. May 17, Dorreh rated it liked it. It's actually more of a 3. I just can't make up my mind about how I feel. I'm not sure what made me feel negative towards this book from the beginning.

I guess you really shouldn't read the reviews for a book before you've read it yourself, especially if you're planning on reading the book either way. Since I opened the first page I had a sense of distaste towards it, that continued until page or so. To be very h It's actually more of a 3. To be very honest my bias wasn't entirely unjustified. The first half was bad, and I don't mean to be crude, but it just wasn't entertaining or even truly bearable.

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Maybe it was the fact that I loved red queen so much, so the disappointment hit me harder than it should have. The first and biggest flaw was the dramatic monologues. The way mare kept overestimating and underestimating herself at the same time. Yes I know monologues are a vital part of characters and their personalities, but I found them more annoying than anything.

It wasn't just the self pity, it was like she couldn't decide who she is. A self centered egotistical killer, a breakable weapon, or smitten heartbroken puppy. Honestly thats how it went, from conflict to confused to self assured to messy goo and the cycle would start again. So mare annoyed the living crap out of me for about pages to be exact. Then there was a turn of events. The pace started to pick up, and the storyline started to change all together.

It went from the repetitive revolution theme to something more creative and interesting. Simply because nothing happens until the last 20 pages or so. Then everything in the span of the next 10 years, revolting included occurs in the last few chapters. But thankfully it wasn't the case here. Things began to pick up pace then got better and better. I think it was mostly that the book stopped revolving around mare entirely.

And towards the end I was reminded why I loved red queen so damn much. The ending was the worlds most dramatic cliff hanger. And shade was probably my most adored character, so I'll probably be in this emotional wreckage for the next few days. I'm so incredibly sorry that such a wonderful ending had to be tainted by that beginning. But I think the struggle of the begging was worth it once I got to the second half.

It was truly an excellent second half. So the stars are purely for the second half, the first half is a zero from me. There's no doubt that Victoria Aveyard is a talented author, albeit an inconsistent one. The story telling and characterization of red queen are proof of this. So I'll give the next book the benefit of the doubt. Let's see how the third book will make me feel. View all 35 comments. Feb 06, Laura rated it it was ok Shelves: Thank you a lot! She had a chance to redeem herself with this book and she just threw it away.

Let me explain why this turned out a disaster for me. Alright, you may not remember but when I finished reading Red Queen I said I needed Mare to level up and start being a cunning girl. She has potential but when it comes to explore she either is afraid or messes it up. I could not stand her at all. Oh, poor Mare, she was fooled by Maven. Oh, poor little girl, she was hurt.

Whining tough wannabe. Mare was such a great disappointment my brain cannot wrap about how stupid she was during the whole book. Nope, just no. It was plain stupid how she was pinning after Maven. She had to fucking move on but keeping those letters? Stupid ass decision. She was just a little girl trying to play the ruthless boss.

If there was something I hated the same or even more than Mare dumb as fuck Barrow was those tag lines and nicknames. Oh my god, I could find the words Lightning girl, the shadow of the flame, the exiled prince, anyone can betray anyone… like 10 times in one single page and it made me want to punch someone. I kid you not, it was so repetitive and plain stupid. Aveyard tried so hard to make those names and quotes to work but they were way too much. It did not work. I missed Evangeline. She was such a threat and she was fun to read.

Same with the queen. Where did the evil masterminds go? On that note, the queen was killed so fucking easily I totally missed it. Was that it? It was not only ridiculous but such a disrespect to the image I had of the queen. I was waiting for her to get up and start making people kill each other on the plane but nope.

And I was bored.

Utterly bored during the whole book. I felt like it was going nowhere and I hated that feeling. I wanted Aveyard to explore him and let us know him better and she did. Thank you. I fell for the guy big time and I truly hope he gets to be happy in the end.

The other thing I liked about this mess was Cameron, Shade and the very end. Yep, all that in one single category because the more I think about the book, the more pissed I get.

I think that Cameron was, not only a strong addition, but also someone who gave a new purpose to the plotline. She was on point with a lot of things that Mare, selfish stupid Mare, could not see.

So Mare could wake the fuck up and do some shit? That was… ugh, I have no words. I appreciated what Shade added to the story and he was just a good guy.

So no. Was it me or Fayre whatever her name is acted weird? Is she pregnant? Are all the newbloods dying or something? The end was unexpected? I liked that. I mean: I watched you take the notes off the bodies.

Burn them, throw them away, send them back dipped in Silver blood—but not keep them. Not read them while I slept next to you. I have to refrain from stamping my foot like a frustrated child. I miss him in a very different way.

Will I read the last book? Yeah, probably. View all 20 comments. Completely and totally not worth the money. Luckily I borrowed a copy. I could not bring myself to spend money on this and boy am I glad I went with my instincts on this one. What a fucking terrible book. If I am a sword, I am a sword made of glass, and I feel myself beginning to shatter. I'm really not exaggerating when I say I hated this. I strongly disliked Red Queen but there were enjoyable moments.

But while reading Glass Sword I could literally feel my life ebbing away. My organs were shutting down, I was losing brain function. I do not understand the hype for this book. I just can't wrap my head around it.

It's all over my Tumblr feed. It's everywhere on Twitter. Other readers are losing their shit over Mare Barrow's predicament and yet, here I am struggling to find a single fuck to give. Victoria Aveyard must have one hellavu marketing team behind her.

Or maybe I just missed something. I couldn't find a single page in Glass Sword that warrants the anticipation and reception this book has received. I mean, looks like Red Queen is gonna be a freaking movie? You can read more about that here. I am confused and uncomfortable because I feel like everyone else is seeing something that I'm not.

What is it about this series that's getting people so fucking excited? The average rating for this is 4. What's that about? We pick up where we left off with Mare and the gang having narrowly escaped losing their lives to the Silver court. From there on out it's just running , endless running as they search for the prized newbloods, in a race against Maven to gain the upper hand.

My biggest beef with Glass Sword is Mare.

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I fucking hate her. Like, I loath her. She's a jumped up, arrogant, nasty piece of work. Part of me wants to hold my ground, to stand, to fight. My purple-and-white lightening will certainly make me a target and draw the jets away from the fleeing Guard. I might even take a plane or two with me. But that cannot be.

I'm worth more than the rest, more than red masks and bandages. From this moment on, I knew Mare and I would never see eye to eye. I get that she has a revolution to partake in. I understand that that means making some tough choices and stepping up to the challenge of becoming a leader who can shoulder the burden of these difficult decisions.

But what I don't understand is this deep rooted arrogance. She's a power crazy bitch. Let's all just keep in mind that Mare has been aware of her abilities for one month.

Yes, one month. Prior to that month she was scraping coins together in some godforsaken crap hole with barely the wherewithal to look before she crossed the fucking street.If she tried maybe getting that ego in check, she may find people gravitate more towards her.

I promise you that. Maybe I just didn't get the first book. Refresh and try again. No Downloads. He nods, agreeing with me. P - I hope Ptolemus would die too!!! He already knows what our doom looks like. Dec 23, Andreea Pop rated it it was amazing Shelves:

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