“MARE BARROW’S WORLD IS DIVIDED BY BLOOD-those with red with silver. Mare and her family are lowly Reds, destined to serve the Silver elite whose supernatural abilities make them nearly gods. Mare steals what she can to help her family survive, but a twist of fate leads her to the loyal palace itself where, in front of the king and all his nobles, she discovers an ability she didn’t know she had. Except…her blood is Red.

To hide this impossibility, the king forces her into the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, her actions put into motion a deadly and violent dance, pitting prince against prince and Mare against her own heart.

From debut author Victoria Aveyard comes a lush, vivid fantasy series where loyalty and desire can tear you apart and the only certainty is betrayal.”


I have a lot of mixed feelings about this book. A lot.

Before going into this book, I had heard a lot of mixed reviews about it. I knew that it was going to be a book that I was either going to love or hate. The majority of the reviews that I heard were negative but there were quite a few positive ones as well.

Then there is me. The one person who is somewhere in between.

I really enjoyed the characters in this book.  I think Mare was a great main character. I would hate to be in her place. I can’t imagine what it must be like to be a Red person living in such horrible part of society. Then to discover that you have these powers that you never knew about. It would be one interesting situation. She had a very interesting perspective that I really enjoyed reading from

As far as the romance aspects of this book, I enjoyed them, for the most part. I think that Cal and Mare were meant to be together from the minute that they met. I had a feeling that it would happen about halfway throughout the book. It was a very interesting one.

The plot was my biggest problem with this book. Most reviews that I have heard about this book said that it felt like the author combined elements from other dystopian books and put them all together. I must say that I happen to agree with that to an extent. I saw elements of both the Divergent series by Veronica Roth and the Legend series by Marie Lu in this series. But even though this book had similar elements to two of my favorite dystopian series of all time, I think this author took those elements and made them her own.

I have to say that those elements include in this book really made it more interesting in my opinion. So that was the part that got a positive review from me. At the same time, I found that the plot was confusing at times. Everything was happening all at once and there was so much info-dumping throughout the entire book that I could barely follow along at some points. It got better as the book went along but I still found myself quite confused.

Overall, I kind of don’t know what to think about this book. It was great at some points and not so great at others. Do I plan on continuing on with the series? Maybe (I do own the second book in the series). It kind of depends on whether or not I will be in the mood for it. Even with that being said, I think that I will read more from this author. Whether it be this series or not.