RED QUEEN Blog Tour: Review, ‘This or That’ with Victoria Aveyard + Giveaway

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I am super excited to be today’s stop on the RED QUEEN Blog Tour so that I can share an awesome “This or That” post with Author Victoria Aveyard and share my thoughts about the book.

I am also super stoked that tomorrow is RED QUEEN’s release date and that everyone will be able to get this freaking awesome book and understand exactly what this phrase means…


This tour also includes a fab giveaway for a copy of RED QUEEN along with two other fantastic reads. So be sure to enter in the Rafflecopter for a chance to win.

First, though, here is some information about the book, its trailer and the very amazing Victoria Aveyard.


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Title & Series: RED QUEEN (Red Queen Trilogy #1)
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Release date: February 10, 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 400
Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook


The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.

To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.

Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.

But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?


The Trailer

About Victoria Aveyard


Victoria Aveyard is a screenwriter/YA author who likes books and lists. Her site is the nexus of her universe.

Her book RED QUEEN will be published Winter 2015 from HarperTeen at HarperCollins. She’s repped by the incomparable Suzie Townsend at New Leaf Literary & Media, Inc.

The genres she’s into include YA, Fantasy, Historical, Adventure, Apocalyptic – if people are dying, she’s buying.


The Review

Lies, deception, betrayal, conspiracy, endless war, deadly battles, rebellion and sacrifice await readers in Victoria Aveyard’s RED QUEEN, along with fascinating and extraordinary abilities, incredible world-building, and characters who inspire, ignite, charm, trick, beguile and intrigue. It is riveting. It is shocking. It is heartbreaking. It is positively epic.

It is an amazing start to a trilogy that promises to be even more action-packed, surprising, heartrending, and danger-filled.

Mare Barrow’s world is one of oppression. With no useful skill, she is destined to be conscripted into a war that appears to have no end. A war that bleeds red – the blood of her people.

Only the Silvers have power, status, abilities. Only they could end the war and give the Reds their freedom. Only the kind of wealth they have could save her and her friend from the death that awaits them on the battlefield.

But when her one chance to take enough to change their fate fails, she finds herself caught up in a world she knows nothing about. A world worse than the one she came from. A world built on treachery, deceit, fear, and death. A world where nobody should be trusted, including herself. A world where she’s to become the biggest lie of all.

Victoria Aveyard crafted an outstanding and absolutely unforgettable story in RED QUEEN. She built a remarkable world that is so rich with detail, so filled with interesting characters, so packed with exciting and nail-biting and captivating moments, it is unputdownable. She created an imbalance between two groups of people – those with abilities and those without – set the stage for an uprising, and introduced a game changer that could help tip the scales in favor of the persecuted.

Whether likable or detestable, trustworthy and honorable or dishonest and duplicitous, there are many characters to get to know, to study, to root for, to root against, to mourn. Mare is a strong heroine with strong opinions. She’s a fighter. She’s brave. She’s smart. She’s loyal. She’s trusting. She’s willing to do whatever it takes to save her friends, her family, her people. She’s someone worth standing behind, cheering for, hoping will succeed.

RED QUEEN takes readers on a wild and twisty-turny ride, through a breathtaking and frightening and utterly unique landscape. It touches on a number of hard-hitting issues – injustice and the mistreatment of others to name just two. It offers jaw-dropping surprises, food for thought, conflict, romance and fierce battles to keep readers entertained, and plots and schemes  to keep them guessing. It is engaging from beginning to end. It leaves the door wide open for whatever is to come in the next two books in the series.

It is a truly exceptional read and one worth reading again and again.

The Rating


Note: This review is based on an eARC received from the publisher in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.

The Guest Post

This or That with Victoria Aveyard

Heroes or Villains?


Bad Boys or Bad Girls?

Bad Girls

Fantasy or Urban Fantasy?


Dystopia or Post-apocalypse?

Both – I can’t choose! Love them both!

Standalone or Series?


Happily Ever After or Happily Never After?

Happily Ever After

Killer Smile or Killer Bod?

Killer Smile

Epic Battles or Epic Love?

Epic Battles

Killer Cliffhangers or All Wrapped Up?

For a series ender, All Wrapped Up

Book or Film?


YA or NA?


Modern Classic or Classic Classic?

Modern Classic

Blog or Vlog?


Sexy or Sweet?


Malevolent or Benevolent?


Heartwarming or Heartbreaking?


Fate or Free Will?

Tough one. Gotta go with fate.

Angel or Demon?


Batman or The Dark Knight?

The Dark Knight

Love Forever or Love For Now?

Love Forever

Bad Boys: Redeemable or Irredeemable?


Vampires: Sexy or Scary?

Scary-Sexy Vampires, emphasis on scary

Witches: Good or Wicked?

Good Witches

Angels: Guardian, Fallen or Avenging?

Avenging Angels

Myth: Greek, Roman or Norse?

Greek Myth

Heroines: Fierce, Funny or Faint of Heart?

Fierce Heroines

Heroes: Dashing, Devlish or Dauntless?

Devilish Heroes

Characters, Plot or World?


Hardcover, paperbacks or eBooks?


Mac, PC or By Hand?


The Giveaway

There is a tour-wide giveaway for…

ONE WINNER will get finished copies of: RED QUEEN by Victoria Aveyard, THE LAST TIME WE SAY GOODBYE by Cynthia Hand and MY HEART AND OTHER BLACK HOLES by Jasmine Warga

Giveaway is US ONY | Must be 13 or older to enter

Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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The Tour Schedule

Week One

Feb. 2nd – Me, My Shelf and I – Review
Feb. 2nd – A Glass of Wine – Review + Q&A
Feb. 3rd – Mundie MomsReview + Author Interview
Feb. 4th – Two Chicks on Books – Review + Guest Post
Feb. 5th – Bookish – Review + Music Playlist
Feb. 6th – Novel Novice – Review + 10 Random Things

Week Two

Feb. 9th – Fiktshun – Review + This or That
Feb. 10th – Good Choice Reading – Review
Feb. 10th – The YA Bookworm – Review
Feb. 11th – Once Upon a Twilight – Review + Excerpt
Feb. 12th – The Perpetual Page Turner – Review + Tens List
Feb. 13th – Good Books & Good Wine – Review

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