GLASS SWORD Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway


I am super excited to be today’s stop on the GLASS SWORD Blog Tour. I am madly in love with this series by Victoria Aveyard and can’t wait for everyone to get their copy when it releases next week and discover just how awesome this sequel is.

If you’d like to know why I thought it was so awesome, feel free to scroll down to my review below. If you’d like the chance to win an incredible prize pack, be sure to enter in the Rafflecopter.

And if you haven’t yet taken a peek at GLASS SWORD’s description or pre-ordered your copy, the description and links to find it online follow.



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Title & Series: GLASS SWORD (Red Queen #2)
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Release date: February 9, 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 464
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook


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?


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

The Review

GLASS SWORD is an epic and thrilling and nail-biting and heartbreaking second installment in Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen series. It takes readers on an action-filled and riveting journey with Mare Barrow and the Scarlet Guard as they attempt to find and save others like Mare who could be instrumental in their fight against the Silvers. With dangerous missions, deadly battles and lethal enemies awaiting them, this promises to be an intense, electrifying and unputdownable read.

Still reeling from the betrayal that nearly cost her and her allies their lives, Mare must quickly pull herself together and come up with a plan to save the Reds with Silver abilities before the King finds and destroys them all. Without the Scarlet Guard on board it will be an impossible feat. But as she hasn’t yet earned their trust, getting their help is unlikely.

With time running out, even without their support, Mare will have to take action. Because she’s not willing to stand by while those like her are annihilated. She’s not willing to let her enemies continue to oppress the Reds. And she’s not willing to let her desire for revenge go unfulfilled.

Victoria Aveyard has done an incredible job in creating a sequel that advances the story yet gives it a very different feel from the first novel. She introduces new characters with different and fascinating abilities. She takes her characters to new settings. She gives them new challenges to face, new enemies to fight, and new hurdles to overcome. And she forces them to make difficult choices, ones that will alter them irrevocably.

Not everyone can be trusted. Not everyone will keep their word. Not everyone will remain unscathed. And with a devastated, vengeful, heartbroken and extremely powerful heroine leading the charge, not everyone will survive.

Gorgeous writing, beautiful imagery and a richly detailed world are just a fraction of what makes GLASS SWORD a must. The characters’ quest, their cause, their strengths, their weaknesses captivate. The plot twists, the surprises, the outcomes, the possibilities are edge-of-your-seat exciting. The character connections are magnetic, moving, heartrending. And the ending ensures an eagerly anticipated follow-up.

The Rating


About Victoria Aveyard


Victoria Aveyard is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Red Queen. Victoria was born and raised in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, a small town known only for the worst traffic rotary in the continental United States. She moved to Los Angeles to earn a BFA in screenwriting at the University of Southern California. She currently splits her time between the East and West coasts. As an author and screenwriter, she uses her career as an excuse to read too many books and watch too many movies. She has sold several television pilots and feature-length screenplays. You can visit her online at or on Twitter at @VictoriaAveyard.


Other Books in the Series

RedQueen HC C

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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, paperback, audio, eBook


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 power.

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…


Cruel Crown

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Title & Series: CRUEL CROWN (Red Queen #0.1-0.2)
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Release date: January 5, 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 208
Formats: Paperback, audio


Two women on either side of the Silver-Red divide tell the stories no one else knows.

Discover the truth of Norta’s bloody past in these two revealing prequels to #1 New York Times bestseller Red Queen.

Also includes an exclusive excerpt of the hotly anticipated second book in the Red Queen series! Glass Sword transports readers to the world of Silver tyranny, a Red dawn rising, and one girl’s resolve to break down the system that will hold her back no longer.

Queen Song
Queen Coriane, first wife of King Tiberias, keeps a secret diary—how else can she ensure that no one at the palace will use her thoughts against her? Coriane recounts her heady courtship with the crown prince, the birth of a new prince, Cal, and the potentially deadly challenges that lay ahead for her in royal life.

Steel Scars
Captain Farley exchanges coded transmissions with the resistance as she travels the land recruiting black market traders, smugglers, and extremists for her first attempt at an attack on the capital. She was raised to be strong, but planting the seeds of rebellion in Norta is a tougher job than expected—until she stumbles upon a connection that may prove to be the key to the entire operation: Mare Barrow.


The Giveaway


There is a tour-wide giveaway for…

ONE winner will receive a RED QUEEN Prize Pack from HarperTeen, which includes:

  • ONE (1) physical copy of CRUEL CROWN (0.1 & 0.2 Red Queen)
  • ONE (1) Red Queen foam sword that reads “Kneel or Bleed”
  • ONE (1) Scarlet Guard scarf

Must be 13+ To Enter | Ships in US only | 
See Terms & Conditions for full contest rules before entering – some restrictions apply

Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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The Tour Schedule

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